A finalist for the Nationwide E book Critics Circle Award, Autobiography
A contentious, deeply transferring ode to friendship, love, and concrete lifestyles within the spirit of Fierce Attachments
A memoir of self-discovery and the catch 22 situation of connection in our time, The Atypical Girl and the City explores the rhythms, probability encounters, and ever-converting friendships of city lifestyles that forge the sensibility of a fiercely unbiased Girl who has lived out her conflicts, now not her fantasies, in a Town (New York) that has performed the similar. Working often throughout the E book is Vivian Gornick’s change of greater than two decades with Leonard, a homosexual guy who’s subtle approximately his personal disappointment, whose friendship has “shed extra mild at the mysterious nature of unusual human family members than has another intimacy” she has identified. The change among Gornick and Leonard acts as a Greek refrain to the principle motion of the narrator’s power engagement in the street with grocers, derelicts, and doormen; other folks at the bus, move-dressers at the nook, and pals by way of the handful. In Leonard she sees herself mirrored simple; out in the street she is smart of what she sees.
Written as a story university that comes with meditative items at the making of a brand new feminist, the function of the flaneur in city literature, and the evolution of friendship over the last centuries, The Atypical Girl and the Town beautifully bookends Gornick’s acclaimed Fierce Attachments, wherein we first encountered her wealthy courting with without equal city.