Becoming Duchess Goldblatt was one of the best reviewed books of 2020, and looking back over my review, I had nothing but good things to say about it. Both heartwarming and heartbreaking, it’s a book I devoured every page in one sitting. The memoir of an anonymous woman who masquerades as a literary duchess on social media? Perfect. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about it, so this week I’m sharing its stunning opening lines that perfectly encapsulate both the quirk and tenderness that Duchess regularly sprinkles out to her thousands of followers on Twitter.
When the house burns down, so to speak, there’s no guarantee that anybody will stick around to help sweep up. This is not the dominant narrative I’d been raised to believe in. Sure, Lucy and Ricky could end up divorced—the twin beds were a clue, in hindsight, and he was such a fascist about kicking her out of his stupid nightclub act—but you figure Lucy would always have Ethel Mertz. In my moment of sudden destruction, I learned the very hard way that reinforcements would not be coming. When I lost everything—my Ricky, my Fred and Ethel, the nightclub and band, even the gig on the chocolate-factory assembly line—I found out the sheltering trees above me were gone, and I was on my own.
Title: Becoming Duchess Goldblatt
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: July 07, 2020
Classification: Memoir, Nonfiction
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