Arrangements in Blue

Arrangements in Blue: Notes on Love and Making a Life

Literary Biography & Memoir
Hardback Published on: 06/04/2023
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Arrangements in Blue
In search of an authentic life
I'll be honest: I was expecting more Joni in this book BUT, once I'd got over that, I discovered a bracingly honest biography of one woman's search for mea... READ MORE
Emma at East Grinstead
Arrangements in Blue
Lovely read
I picked this up as I saw a lot of myself in the synopsis, but am at a much earlier time in my life. Originally, I was looking for reassurance, or answers,... READ MORE
Jessica  de Villiers

Synopsis

Structured around Joni Mitchell's seminal album Blue, poet Amy Key explores a life lived without romantic love at its heart, reassessing societal preconceptions and shining a light on other kinds of relationships that often go overlooked.

Shortlisted for Foyles Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2023

Synopsis

When poet Amy Key was growing up, she looked forward to a life shaped by romance, fuelled by desire, longing and the conventional markers of success that come when you share a life with another person. But that didn't happen for her. Now in her forties, she sets out to explore the realities of a life lived in the absence of romantic love. Using Joni Mitchell's seminal album Blue - an album that shaped Key's expectations of love - as her guide, she examines the unexpected life she has created for herself. Building a home, travelling alone, choosing whether to be a mother, recognising her own milestones, learning the limits of self-care and the expansive potential of self-friendship, Key uncovers the many forms of connection and care that often go unnoticed. With profound candour and intimacy, Arrangements in Blue explores the painful feelings we are usually too ashamed to discuss: loneliness, envy, grief and failure. The result is a singular work - a beautifully-written and essential book about building a life on your own terms, which inspires us to live and love more honestly.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781787333895
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Weight: 361g
  • Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 25 mm

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