Scratched

A Memoir of Perfectionism
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Author(s): Elizabeth Tallent
Original Publish Date: Feb 25, 2020
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (7.25 hours)
Product Number: Z100152283
Released: Feb 25, 2020
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780062989468
Narrator/s: Caroline Turner Cole
Publisher: HarperAudio
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A??Reading Scratched gave me the feeling of standing very close to a blazing fire. It is that brilliant, that intense, and one of the finest explorations I know of what it means to be a woman and an artist.A?A??Sigrid Nunez, author of The Friend and Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction In a bold and brilliant memoir that reinvents the form, the acclaimed author of the novel Museum Pieces and the collection Mendocino Fire explores the ferocious desire for perfection which has shaped her writing life as well as her rich, dramatic, and constantly surprising personal life.Scratched is an intimate account of the uses a child, and the adult she becomes, will find for perfectionism and the role it will play in every part of her life. Elizabeth TallentA??s story begins in a hospital in mid-1950s suburban Washington, D.C., when her mother refuses to hold her newborn daughter, shocking behavior that baffles the nurses. Imagining her own motherA??s perfectionist ideal at this critical moment, Elizabeth moves back and forth in time, juxtaposing moments in the past with the present in this innovative and spellbinding narrative. Elizabeth traces her journey from her early years in which she perceived herself as A??the child whose flaws let disaster into an otherwise perfect family,A? to her adulthood, when perfectionism came to affect everything. In the decade between 27 and 37, she publishes five literary books with Knopf and her short stories appear in The New Yorker. But this extraordinary start to her career is followed by twenty-two years of silence. She wrote, or rather published, nothing at all. Why? Scratched is the remarkable response to that question. ElizabethA??s early publications secure her a coveted teaching job at Stanford University. As she toggles between Palo Alto and the Mendocino coast where she lives, raises her son Gabriel, and pursues an important psychoanalysis, Elizabeth grapples with the perfectionism that has always been home to her. Eventually, she finds love and acceptance in the most unlikely place, and finally accepts an A??as isA? relationship with herself and others. Her final triumph is the writing of this memoir, filled with wit, humor, and heart, and unlike any other you will find. Scratched is a brave book that repeatedly searches for the emotional truth beneath the conventional surface of existence. Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

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CD
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Author(s): Elizabeth Tallent
Narrator(s): Caroline Turner Cole
Product Number DD48672
Released: Feb 25, 2020
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781094115122
eBook
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Author(s): Elizabeth Tallent
Product Number EB00760070
Released: Feb 25, 2020
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: Harper
ISBN: #9780062410382

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