Everything/Nothing/Someone

A Memoir

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Pub Date Aug 29 2023 | Archive Date Sep 30 2023

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New York Times Editor’s Choice Indie Next Pick Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction 2023 Kirkus Best Nonfiction 2023 *Amazon Best of the Month B&N Most Anticipated Jennette McCurdy Book Club Pick

A “remarkable” (New York Times Book Review) memoir that tells of a young woman’s coming-of-age amid glamour, excess, and neglect, and the love affair that, against the odds, allows her to save herself. 

Alice Carrière grew up in a converted factory in Greenwich Village in the 1990s, an extravagant home based on the hyper-aestheticized vision of her artist mother, Jennifer Bartlett—with two studios, an indoor swimming pool, a rooftop garden with a koi pond, and multiple, cavernous rooms through which a steady stream of visitors flowed. Alice’s iconoclastic European father was a fleeting, atmospheric disturbance. 

Alice grows up as a child living in an adult’s world, with little-to-no boundaries or supervision. As she enters adolescence, a dissociative disorder erases her identity, and overzealous doctors medicate her further into madness. In the absence of self, she inhabits various roles: as a patient in expensive psychiatric hospitals, the ingenue in destructive encounters with older men, a provocateur who weaponizes intellectual dazzle and outrageous candor—until a medication-induced psychosis brings these personas crashing down. Finally, a soulful connection with a generous and sensitive musician allows her to free herself from the pathologies that defined her and recognize her true self. With gallows humor and brutal honesty, Carrière has written a unique and mesmerizing narrative of emergence and, at last, cure. 

New York Times Editor’s Choice Indie Next Pick Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction 2023 Kirkus Best Nonfiction 2023 *Amazon Best of the Month B&N Most Anticipated Jennette McCurdy Book Club...


Advance Praise

“Propulsive, intense, moving, and breathtakingly honest, this searing memoir about family ties, trampled boundaries, and mental illness is completely unforgettable. What a writer!”―Molly Shannon

“Propulsive, intense, moving, and breathtakingly honest, this searing memoir about family ties, trampled boundaries, and mental illness is completely unforgettable. What a writer!”―Molly Shannon


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ISBN 9781954118294
PRICE $28.00 (USD)
PAGES 288

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