You're Not You

You're Not You

by Michelle Wildgen
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Overview

You're Not You by Michelle Wildgen

Soon to be a major motion picture directed by George C. Wolfe, produced by Denise Di Novi and starring Hilary Swank, Josh Duhamel and Emmy Rossum

Bec is adrift. It's the summer before her junior year in college. She's sleeping with a married professor, losing interest in her classes, and equivocating about her career. She takes a job caring for Kate, a thirty-six-year-old woman who has been immobilized by ALS.

As it turns out, before the disease Kate was a stylish and commanding woman, an advertising executive and an accomplished chef. Now, as she and Bec spend long days together, Bec begins to absorb Kate's sophistication and her sensuality, cooking for her, sharing her secrets, and gradually beginning to live her own life with a boldness informed by Kate's influence. The more intense her commitment to Kate, the further Bec strays from the complacency of her college life. And when Kate's marriage veers into dangerous territory, Bec will have to choose between the values of her old life and the allure of an entirely new one.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312369521
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 09/28/2000
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 632,968
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Michelle Wildgen lives near New York City. Her writing appeared in Best American Food Writing 2004 and Best New American Voices 2004.

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You're Not You 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! The book pulled me in and wouldn't let me stop reading until the last page. The characters are wonderful and very real and I forgot the story was fictional. It is a touching story and very emotional. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to sit with a box of kleenex and read a wonderful book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every now and then you stumble across a story that is fresh, complex, familiar and insightful. The writing was beautiful and not contrived, and the story itself grabbed my attention and left me wanting more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'You're Not You' is a stunningly beautiful novel. The story evoked so many emotions that I couldn't put this book down because I so deeply cared for the characters. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a refreshing take on love and friendship. The moments of intimacy-- between lovers and friends-- are honestly written without overwhelming cheesy metaphor of romance novels, but with the tantalizing details found in real life. Read this book and you will want more from this first time author! I can't wait for her next!
rutele More than 1 year ago
I liked this book because of the character development. The college student's growth and maturity was very true to life. The book was very honest and real.
typojax More than 1 year ago
I read this book several years ago- and I always think back to it when people ask me if I've read any good books lately. I loved the characters and the relationship they built. One of my favorite reads.
laura sbaratta More than 1 year ago
i was sad to see this end. good character development, although the end wasnt that great
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a different story and grabs you at the very beginning. I loved the characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book about caring for someone in a physical sense and emotional. The relationship between these two women is facinating. Also- if you're a foodie you will enjoy the detailed cooking and market sections of this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Michelle Wildgen makes the characters truly come to life. I cared about them and wanted to know them better. She writes about a serious topic without becoming maudlin or oppressively gloomy. Most important - You're Not You is much more than a story of illness. The real value of this book is that it challenges readers to think about life and death issues relevant to all of us. What makes life worthwhile? For how long? What do we want others to do for us at the end of life? How far should an individual go to honor the wishes of another person? This book is an excellent choice for book clubs because it can serve as the springboard for a challenging and lively discussion of issues relevant to us all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story and I sight into ALS.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U won't be sorry if u purchase, couldn't put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Horrible! One of the worst books I've ever read. Did not feel connected to any of the characters. The main character, Bec was a horrible person. And so was the husband. The rest were just boring. Don't waste your money. The good reviews must be from the author & her friends 
Trixie3 More than 1 year ago
A well written story about the needs of a dying woman, reflected in the life of her caregiver and the struggle to fulfill her final wish.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've read this year. Wildgen must have lived this experience to be able to write so well about end-of-life experience. I look forward to her next (of many to come, I hope) novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wildgen shines in this first novel of two women endlessly connected in ways metaphorical and tangible. The story flows from point to point, enlisting excellent dialogue and believable humans--the kind we can all relate to and connect with in our brokenness and our power.