A Memoir of Parents

Francine du Plessix Gray - Author

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ISBN 9780143037194 | 544 pages | 06 Jun 2006 | Penguin | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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"A spellbinding, warts-and-all double portrait... a sterling example of the personal memoir exalted to cultural history." -Los Angeles Times

At the height of their fame, Alexander Liberman and Tatiana du Plessix Gray were the grandest power couple in the New York City fashion world, gifted Russian émigrés who consorted with Dali and Dietrich and told American women how to look, where to travel, and what to read. As told by their daughter, the distinguished writer Francine du Plessix Gray, their saga combines romance, glamour, and pathos. Their adulation for success was as obsessive as their fierce, neurotic love for each other, and they treated everyone else—including Francine—with ruthless opportunism. Them is a work of Tolstoyan emotional power as well as a brilliant social history of its subjects’ age.

Astonishing... [Gray] uses all her writerly gifts... to give the reader an intense and remarkably powerful portrait. (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times)

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