Hope Edelman is the internationally acclaimed author of six nonfiction books, including the bestsellers Motherless Daughters, Motherless Mothers, and the memoir The Possibility of Everything, as well as the recent ebook, Boys Like That. She has lectured widely on the subjects of early mother loss and nonfiction writing in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the U.A.E. Her articles and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Glamour, Child, Seventeen, Real Simple, Parents, Writer’s Digest, and Self, and her original essays have appeared in many anthologies, including The Bitch in the House, Behind the Bedroom Door, and Goodbye to All That. Her work has received a New York Times notable book of the year designation and a Pushcart Prize for creative nonfiction. She can be found in Iowa City every July teaching at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. The rest of the year, she lives in Topanga Canyon, California, with her husband and their two daughters, and teaches in the MFA program at Antioch University-LA.
Boys Like That: Two cautionary tales of love
Hope Edelman’s iconic book, Motherless Daughters—in print for nearly twenty years—told the story of losing her mother to cancer at age seventeen. Now, in her first original ebook, Edelman chronicles the events leading up to and immediately following that crucial event. Set against the backdrop of suburban New York in the early 1980s, “The Sweetest Sex I Never Had” and “Bruce Springsteen and the Story of Us” tell the stories of a good girl gone raw and the two “bad” boys she turned to for escape. Part coming-of-age story and part cultural critique, Boys Like That weaves together the angst of adolescence, the discovery of sex, and the solace of rock and roll to create two unforgettable short memoirs about the exquisite pain of young love and the life-altering nature of loss.