If I Knew You Were Going To Be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go

If I Knew You Were Going To Be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go

Format
Hardcover
 
Additional Formats
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780399167072
  • 288 Pages
  • G.P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Adult

Overview

No matter how beautiful some dreams are, there comes a time when we must let them go.
 
It is the summer of 1972, and Katie has just turned eighteen. Katie and her town, Elephant Beach, are both on the verge: Katie of adulthood, and Elephant Beach of gentrification. But not yet: Elephant Beach is still gritty, working-class, close-knit. And Katie spends her time smoking and drinking with her friends, dreaming about a boy just back from Vietnam who’s still fighting a battle Katie can’t understand. 
In this poignant, evocative debut collection, Judy Chicurel creates a haunting, vivid world, where conflicts between mothers and daughters, men and women, soldiers and civilians and haves and have-nots reverberate to our own time. She captures not only a time and place, but the universal experience of being poised between the past and the future.
 

Praise

Praise for Judy Chicurel’s If I Knew You Were Going to Be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go 

“[A] beautiful and honest coming-of-age story.… a stunningly evocative portrait of a down-on-its-luck town and its people.” —Booklist, starred review

If I Knew You Were Going to Be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go is a startling book of linked stories. This is not just another ‘coming of age’ tale, but a wise, clear look at what it was to be a young woman at  singular time in our country. Chicurel’s portrait of a small town in the ’70s speaks volumes about who we are as a culture. ‘Debut collection’ is misleading here. This is a beautiful, accomplished book.” —Katie Crouch, New York Times–bestselling author of Girls in Trucks and Abroad

If I Knew You Were Going to Be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go is a dazzling debut collection that brings to mind the books of Richard Price and the films of Martin Scorsese. The characters in the stories burrow deeply under your skin and stay there.  Wonderful, vivid, funny, heart-wrenching and authentic. I did not want this book to end.” —Julie Klam, New York Times–bestselling author of Friendkeeping
SEX AND DRUGS AND ROCK ‘N’ ROLL:
At night, when I walked down the block of close-knit bungalows, past freckle-faced children playing stickball in the street and mothers standing inside their chain link fences smoking after-dishes cigarettes, and men sitting on their stoops, scratching, belching, watching the sunset, at the end of the block I’d see the crowd milling around the entrance to the beach, hear the cat calls, the dogs barking, ten speeds flying, surfboards leaning against the sea walls, cigarettes glowing like fireflies in the dusky heat, and my heart would beat harder, faster inside of me, and I’d think to myself: These are my people.
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