You're Not You

A Novel

Michelle Wildgen

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Soon to be a major motion picture directed by George C. Wolfe, produced by Denise Di Novi and starring Hilary Swank, Josh Duhamel and Emmy Rossum

Bec is adrift. It's the summer before her junior year in college. She's sleeping with a married professor, losing interest in her classes, and equivocating about her career. She takes a job caring for Kate, a thirty-six-year-old woman who has been immobilized by ALS.
 
As it turns out, before the disease Kate was a stylish and commanding woman, an advertising executive and an accomplished chef. Now, as she and Bec spend long days together, Bec begins to absorb Kate's sophistication and her sensuality, cooking for her, sharing her secrets, and gradually beginning to live her own life with a boldness informed by Kate's influence. The more intense her commitment to Kate, the further Bec strays from the complacency of her college life. And when Kate's marriage veers into dangerous territory, Bec will have to choose between the values of her old life and the allure of an entirely new one.

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Chapter One

I would begin on Thursday morning. The idea was for me to arrive early, by seven thirty, so Evan could show me what he did for his wife before he left for work, and afterward I’d follow him and Kate through a typical morning and afternoon. I had one day to observe and then training was over.

I began the morning by smacking the snooze button in a single well-aimed flail at six fifteen. I then lay immobile, arm outstretched and palm still .at against the warm grooves of the clock, enumerating my regrets over the switch from a night job to a morning one, until the alarm resumed.

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"Michelle Wildgen writes with a fresh, appealing honesty and has done a marvelous job of capturing that youthful moment in our lives when we are like sponges ready to soak up someone else's character, taste, and charm."--Francine Prose, People (four stars, Critic's Choice)
 
"A complex and satisfying dish: a story of intimate strangers and their impact on each other's lives."--O, The Oprah Magazine
 
"A fresh, accomplished first novel . . . tackles challenging material with honesty and a clear eye."--Kirkus Reviews
 
"A deeply sensual book."--The Believer
 
"Wildgen's debut showcases the talent that won her inclusion in Best New American Voices 2004, and should take her further still."--Publishers Weekly

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Michelle Wildgen lives near New York City. Her writing appeared in Best American Food Writing 2004 and Best New American Voices 2004.

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You're Not You
A Novel
Michelle Wildgen

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
July 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312369521
ISBN10: 0312369522
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$18.00

Trade Paperback

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Picador
9/2/2014
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ISBN: 9781250045614
ISBN10: 1250045614
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$15.00

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
April 2007
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ISBN: 9781429909969
ISBN10: 142990996X
288 pages
$7.99
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