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From the bestselling “immensely gifted” (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times) author of Her Last Death comes a stunningly candid, compulsively readable, intensely provocative book about female friendships.
A ruthless and illuminating exploration of the friendships that dominated, influenced, nourished, inspired, and haunted her—and sometimes tore her apart—Susanna Sonnenberg has written a book as searing and superb as her first book about her mother, Her Last Death.
Childhood friendships, friendships with older women, friendships that play out with the passion and intensity of love affairs, the friendships between new mothers—each has its own subtleties, its own lessons that Sonnenberg examines and understands with astounding acuity. Sonnenberg’s style is investigative and ruminative; the result is candid and fearlessly observed portraits of the nuances and complexities of friendships that become universally recognizable.
For women of all ages, She Matters is testimony to the emotional significance of the sometimes intense and powerful bonds of female friendships—and the essential role they play in our journey to adulthood and our deepening humanity.
© 2013 by Susanna Sonnenberg
“With remarkable candor, wit, and wisdom, Susanna Sonnenberg fearlessly examines her female friendships since childhood, brilliantly articulating the ways each sustained, sometimes devastated, and ultimately defined her. She Matters: A Life in Friendships is a dazzling, poetic love letter to what women share, an unforgettable memoir you’ll immediately want to pass along to friends.”
Kate Walbert, New York Times bestselling author of A Short History of Women
“She Matters artfully reveals the depth and gravity of love between women as they make sense of the changing and often treacherous emotional and logistical terrain of their forward-moving lives.”
“A fiercely intimate look at the significant female relationships in the author’s life and how they’ve come to define her.”
“She Matters is so finely nuanced, so joyously serious, so wildly playful—to live with it, page by page, is a deep pleasure.”
Nick Flynn, author of The Reenactments
“Sonnenberg dances close to the fire on every page, unmasking female friendship as a liberating, dangerous, and rigorous art. She Matters renders the messy self with gorgeous clarity. It’s the truest, most human book I’ve read all year—generous, hiliarious, ecstatic, and profound.”
Carolyn Cooke, author of Daughters of the Revolution
“Sonnenberg’s strikingly honest depictions of tumultuous female alliances and confessions about friendships are both moving and relatable; her depth of reflection and incandescent prose marks this exceptional memoir as a must-read to share among friends.”
“The book’s honesty, eloquence, laugh-out-loud humor, finely wrought prose, and magnificent scope will keep readers eagerly turning the pages.”
“A mesmerizing and meticulously written work.”
“With heart-rending precision, Sonnenberg offers an eloquent narrative that not only exposes but embraces the fraught nature of women’s relationships with each other.”