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Meet Me in the In-Between
Driven by curiosity and possibility, writer Bella Pollen has always maintained a double life, navigating between a fierce love of family and the yearning for escape until one day, a strange encounter changes everything . . .
What does it take to work out who you really are and where you truly belong? From mafia-in-laws to fashion failures to neighbours from hell, Pollen's search for answers is a dazzling and powerful odyssey through the conflicting desires and roles of women in today's confusing world. Interwoven with passages of graphic art by award-winning illustrator Kate Boxer, Meet Me in the In-between is a renegade memoir that takes readers all over the world before bringing them back home again.
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Thank god this brilliant writer has had such a brilliant life * Ruby Wax * A contemporary memoir should be honest, entertaining and bursting with life. Bella Pollen's Meet Me in the In-Between is all of this, and more: a work of art. * Robert McCrum * Pollen has a way with caustic description that evinces a love for the evocative qualities of language . . . From the beginning (she) revels in a self-absorption that should be off-putting, but her clever way with words is so self -deprecating that she is immediately likeable * Santa Fe New Mexican * Funny, startling and unexpectedly poignant * The New Statesman * A whimsical and at times very funny style. Pollen has a real talent for recreating scenes, characters and dialogue * Nudge * A rollicking memoir of the novelist's double life and her demons * Women's Wear Daily USA * Meet Me in the In-Between displays the disjointedness of a life, how whims and flings don't make existence-or a woman-any less meaningful. It's in the spaces among all these things that something magical breathes and resists capture. As Pollen illustrates in her sharp, nearly wry voice, it is not our memories that will lead us to an understanding of the self, but the act of maneuvering among them * The San Francisco Journal of Arts and Letter * Brava . . . Pollen's account of bohemian family life and outrageous mafia-in-laws is funny, poignant and acute * The Spectator * Meet me in the In-between is as off-beat as its author, blending memoir with beguiling and graphic novelistic interludes . . . A journey that buzzes and sparks with life and wit * The Lady * Captivating * Tatler * Pollen is an engagingly contradictory tangle . . . but it's her propulsive push-pull relationship with home that's sure to resonate especially sharply with women . . . Poignant, beautifully written, an idiosyncratic memoir * Mail on Sunday * Funny, risky, racy, stunningly visual, and beyond poignant, Bella Pollen's offbeat memoir is a one-of-a-kind adventure start to finish. * Jenny McPhee, author of `The Centre of Things' and 'A Man of No Moon' * How to know who you truly are and what you can become? With nothing firmly underfoot, Pollen pursues a quest for authenticity through unconventional and unpredictable encounters and thrives. Hers is a memoir of an indelible life full of incredible adventures. * Booklist * Frequently disturbing, often very funny. Pollen has a gift for playing with her readers, teasing them, shocking them, having fun with their assumptions before shaking them out of their complacency to reveal underlying and often very moving profundities. The intimacy of Pollen's prose invites inclusion into the most private conversations she has with herself, her self-mocking humour rippling through . . . unforgettable. * Daily Telegraph * Pollen captivatingly mixes graphics with prose to tell of her upbringing, swinging back and forth between binaries (transatlantic homes, riches-to-rags love affairs). Think Eat, Pray, Love - finding yourself, laughing, and taking what you need even when it's not what you wanted - only cooler * Marie Claire * A writer you need to read -- A. A. Gill Bella Pollen creates magic * Vanity Fair *