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Miss Aluminium

Miss Aluminium

‘I was self-invented, adapting myself minute by minute, a girl on the run. And yes, built for speed.’

At seventeen, Susanna Moore left her home in Hawai’i, with no money, no belongings and no prospects. But in Philadelphia, an unexpected gift of four trunks of beautiful clothes allowed her to assume the first of many disguises.

Her journey takes her from New York to Los Angeles where she becomes a model and meets Joan Didion
and Audrey Hepburn. She works as a script reader for Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson, and is given
a screen test by Mike Nichols.

But beneath Miss Aluminium‘s glittering fairytale surface lies the story of a girl’s insatiable hunger to
learn. Moore gives us a sardonic, often humorous portrait of Hollywood in the seventies and of a young
woman’s hard-won arrival at selfhood.
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Genre: Biography & True Stories / Memoirs

On Sale: 14th April 2020

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9781474619097

Reviews

A captivating portrait of a woman in search of herself
Kirkus
Moore's search for stability during a free-spirited decade is a whirlwind of celebrity encounters and a lyrical exploration of the lingering effects of a mother's death
Publishers Weekly
A striking new memoir ... Through the #MeToo lens, Moore's measured, superficially judgment-free recounting of her time in the middle of All That can be read as a personal statement of empowerment: She came, she saw, she took notes, and she left to become a novelist and a miss-no-detail student of female autonomy.
New York Times
Miss Aluminium, is a triumphant, inspiring account of how to find your true self in the most unlikely of settings
RED magazine
Now seventy-four, and a well-regarded author, Moore is ready to expose her "shadow self" and the pain of her early life . . . One gets a sense that what is revealed has been chosen appraisingly, not out of coyness but, rather, out of something resembling an architect's appreciation of a structure's good bones. Moore's writing has the slightly mysterious sense of detachment that she adopted when building her persona, many years ago, though paradoxically this is what makes her revelations, when they come, more piercing.
The New Yorker
As readers of Moore's fiction know, she is a brilliant storyteller and sentence-maker . . . Miss Aluminumreminded me of everything I ever loved about her as a writer and now, as happens with certain memoirs, I feel like she is my friend ? a very elegant, accomplished grande dame sort of friend, to be sure, one who might loan you a pair of blue velvet Pucci bell-bottoms or a copy of 'The Great War and Modern Memory' on your way out the door after tea.
The Washington Post
A tantalizing tale, told in a seductive and provocative voice.
Booklist
As well as documenting Moore's heartbreaks, Miss Aluminium is also full of humorous tales about the famous... a poignant remembrance of a life lived in the shadow of family tragedy, as well as being a wry peak into celebrity narcissism.
Indepdent