The Astor Orphan LP: A Memoir

Overview

Alexandra Aldrich grew up in the servants' quarters of Rokeby, the forty-three-room Astor mansion built by her ancestors, foraging for her next meal, battling for dominance with her wealthier first cousins, and striving to get her pathologically distracted parents to take care of her.

Amid the chaos and squalor of the household, Alexandra tried to impose order on her anarchic world. But a parent's betrayal ignited a series of familial feuds that shook her hard-won stability and ...

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Overview

Alexandra Aldrich grew up in the servants' quarters of Rokeby, the forty-three-room Astor mansion built by her ancestors, foraging for her next meal, battling for dominance with her wealthier first cousins, and striving to get her pathologically distracted parents to take care of her.

Amid the chaos and squalor of the household, Alexandra tried to impose order on her anarchic world. But a parent's betrayal ignited a series of familial feuds that shook her hard-won stability and set her on a path toward escaping her troubled branch of the Astor legacy.

The Astor Orphan is an unflinching memoir with the grit of The Glass Castle and the faded glory of Grey Gardens.

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Editorial Reviews

Susannah Cahalan
“It’s the highest of compliments to say that a memoir reads like fiction, and Alexandra Aldrich accomplishes this in her phenomenal debut. With swift, haunting prose, she breathes new life into the Astor clan.”
Jennifer Vanderbes
“A beautifully-rendered family saga—full of fires, affairs, aristocrats and illegitimate children. At the center is an endearing heroine, whose eccentric childhood on the Grey Gardens-style Rokeby estate would make Dickens gasp. . . . Splendid.”
Elliott Holt
“Evocative. . . . Aldrich astutely portrays a colorful cast of aunts, uncles, cousins and hangers-on—clinging to the family legacy long after the money is gone. One can’t help but cheer as she breaks away from the others to make a name for herself.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062223395
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/16/2013
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexandra Aldrich

Alexandra Aldrich lived at Rokeby, the house at the heart of this story, until she left to attend boarding school at the age of fourteen. She later moved to Poland, where she studied violin and history, and then back to the United States, where she taught high school English and converted to Orthodox Judaism.

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