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Self-Portrait with Boy

A Novel
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
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A compulsively listenable and electrifying debut about an ambitious young female artist who accidentally photographs a boy falling to his death - an image that could jumpstart her career, but would also devastate her most intimate friendship. 

Lu Rile is a relentlessly focused young photographer struggling to make ends meet. Working three jobs, responsible for her aging father, and worrying that the crumbling warehouse she lives in is being sold to developers, she is at a point of desperation. One day, in the background of a self-portrait, Lu accidentally captures on film a boy falling past her window to his death. The photograph turns out to be startlingly gorgeous, the best work of art she's ever made. It's an image that could change her life...if she lets it. 

But the decision to show the photograph is not easy. The boy is her neighbors' son, and the tragedy brings all the building's residents together. It especially unites Lu with his beautiful grieving mother, Kate. As the two forge an intense bond based on sympathy, loneliness, and budding attraction, Lu feels increasingly unsettled and guilty, torn between equally fierce desires: to use the photograph to advance her career, and to protect a woman she has come to love. 

Set in early 90s Brooklyn on the brink of gentrification, Self-Portrait with Boy is a provocative commentary about the emotional dues that must be paid on the road to success, a powerful exploration of the complex terrain of female friendship, and a brilliant debut from novelist Rachel Lyon. 

©2018 Rachel Lyon (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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great story <br />

great character development and unique story line. would recommend to anyone looking to feel emotional connection to main character.

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Great read! Well written

couldn't put this down. such a beautifully written, complex, sad and wonderful story! loved it

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great book to hear.

heard about this book on NPR. Had a credit, and took a chance. So glad I did. The story is extremely unique. One person's heart break is another person's triumph. I would recommend this book to any book club. I think it would allow very lively conversation and discussion about how far you would go to further your career.