My Nine Lives: Chapters of a Possible Past
For her first novel in more than nine years, in a career of distinctive and unique accomplishments, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has written a most unusual book. My Nine Lives is, ?Chapters of a Possible Past,” as the subtitle declares. It is, as the author has commented, a book filled with ?invented memories.” Nine vignettes?autobiographical fictions?are linked to portray a rich life, filled with searching, from London to Delhi, from Hollywood to New York. Each chapter gathers a different cast of characters, some new and some vaguely familiar, and the linked assembly is as exciting and illuminating as an artist's first show at a Chelsea gallery or a new play at the Studio Theater. After seventeen books, now in her seventy-seventh year, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala takes on as her subject herself, the life she may have or may have wished to live. My Nine Lives is a moving and intriguing book of invention and memory.
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MY NINE LIVES: Chapters of a Possible PastUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Jhabvala (Shards of Memory, 1995, etc.) describes a life she could have lived but didn't.Backgrounded by the question What if?, each of the nine chapters here is a variant on Jhabvala's actual life ... Read full review
My nine lives: chapters of a possible pastUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
In her 18th book, the first in nine years, award-winning screenwriter Jhabvala (e.g., A Room with a View, The Remains of the Day) offers an unusual take on autobiographical fiction, turning the lens ... Read full review