Chelsea Girls: A Novel

November 1, 2020
Chelsea Girls: A Novel

Available once again for a new generation of readers, thegroundbreaking and candid coming-of-age novel in-real-time from oneof America's most celebrated poets that is considered a cultclassic.In this breathtakingly inventive autobiographical novel, EileenMyles transforms life into a work of art. Told in her audaciousvoice, made vivid and immediate in her lyrical language,Chelsea Girls cobbles together memories of Myles' 1960sCatholic upbringing with an alcoholic father, her volatileadolescence, her unabashed "lesbianity," and her riotous pursuit ofsurvival as a poet in 1970s New York.Suffused with alcohol, drugs, and sex; evocative in itsdepictions of the hardscrabble realities of a young artist's life;and poignant with stories of love, humor, and discovery,Chelsea Girls is a funny, cool, and intimate account of awriter's education, and a modern chronicle of how a young femalewriter shrugged off the chains of a rigid cultural identity meantto define her.