The Astor Orphan

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Price
$14.99  $13.94
Publisher
Ecco Press
Publish Date
Pages
272
Dimensions
5.2 X 8.0 X 0.8 inches | 0.45 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780062207951

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About the Author

Alexandra Aldrich lived at Rokeby, the house at the heart of this story, until she left to attend boarding school at the age of fourteen. She later moved to Poland, where she studied violin and history, and then back to the United States, where she taught high school English and converted to Orthodox Judaism.

Reviews

"A sparklingly mischievous debut. . . . Aldrich's narrative tidily and fondly bears witness to the inexorable unraveling of a storied genealogy." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Novelistic. . . . Vividly gothic. . . . It's a trick to tell a story this rich and complicated through the eyes of a child without losing the subtleties of character and nuances of history, but Aldrich pulls it off with aplomb." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"It's the highest of compliments to say that a memoir reads like fiction, and Alexandra Aldrich accomplishes this in her phenomenal debut. With swift, haunting prose, she breathes new life into the Astor clan." -- Susannah Cahalan, bestselling author of Brain on Fire

"A beautifully-rendered family saga--full of fires, affairs, aristocrats and illegitimate children. At the center is an endearing heroine, whose eccentric childhood on the Grey Gardens-style Rokeby estate would make Dickens gasp. . . . Splendid." -- Jennifer Vanderbes, author of Easter Island and Strangers at the Feast

"Evocative. . . . Aldrich astutely portrays a colorful cast of aunts, uncles, cousins and hangers-on--clinging to the family legacy long after the money is gone. One can't help but cheer as she breaks away from the others to make a name for herself." -- Elliott Holt, author of You Are One of Them