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Becoming Duchess Goldblatt (MP3 CD)

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Becoming Duchess Goldblatt By Anonymous, Gabra Zackman (Read by), J. Smith-Cameron (Read by) Cover Image
By Anonymous, Gabra Zackman (Read by), J. Smith-Cameron (Read by)
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Remember when you dreamt you were in love and when you woke, you felt the loss? That was me.

In Becoming Duchess Goldblatt, we make the acquaintance of the anonymous writer behind the pithy, hilarious, eponymous character ‘reigning’ via Twitter; an 81-year-old, matronly persona whose domain now extends far beyond the boundaries of her fictional home of Crooked Path, through the void of the internet, and into her readers’ hearts. While doling out wit and wisdom (140 characters at a time), Her Grace has accumulated a following of literati, celebrity, and any number of plebs just in need of some encouragement.

            But this is not only the story of a quirky social media star. Behind the emergence of the Duchess is one woman’s attempt to find human connection through the digital wilderness. Though her identity remains a mystery, her real life story of struggle through divorce, a stifled career, and family difficulty sets the stage for her alter ego, and through the Duchess the world is introduced to a skilled writer with a deep love for humanity. Matty loves!

— Matt

July 2020 Indie Next List

“After the collapse of her marriage and her whole life, the anonymous author of Becoming Duchess Goldblatt started a Twitter account, speaking in the voice of an imperious, slightly dotty, always caring 81-year-old writer. The Duchess became the focus of intense adoration and eventually helped her creator to reconnect with the ‘real world’ even as she kept her identity a secret. Becoming Duchess Goldblatt is a glorious memoir, a truly 21st-century tale of life both online and off.”
— David Enyeart, Next Chapter Booksellers, St. Paul, MN


Part memoir and part joyful romp through the fields of imagination, the story behind a beloved pseudonymous Twitter account reveals how a writer deep in grief rebuilt a life worth living.Becoming Duchess Goldblatt is two stories: that of the reclusive real-life writer who created a fictional character out of loneliness and thin air, and that of the magical Duchess Goldblatt herself, a bright light in the darkness of social media. Fans around the world are drawn to Her Grace's voice, her wit, her life-affirming love for all humanity, and the fun and friendship of the community that's sprung up around her. @DuchessGoldblat (81 year-old literary icon, author of An Axe to Grind) brought people together in her name: in bookstores, museums, concerts, and coffee shops, and along the way, brought real friends home--foremost among them, Lyle Lovett. "The only way to be reliably sure that the hero gets the girl at the end of the story is to be both the hero and the girl yourself." -- Duchess Goldblatt

Product Details
ISBN: 9781094145549
ISBN-10: 1094145548
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: July 7th, 2020
Language: English
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