Elizabeth Scarboro - My Foreign Cities: A Memoir
Colfax Avenue: Award-winning novelist Elizabeth Scarboro will read from and sign her My Foreign Cities: A Memoir (Liveright Publishing), her fresh, wrenching story of young love and mortality, one of Publisher’s Weekly Top Ten Memoirs for Spring 2013. Scarboro’s story reveals the ephemerality of her too-short marriage to a man with Cystic Fibrosis. When she was just seventeen, independent and ambitious Elizabeth Scarboro fell in love with irreverent and irresistible Stephen. She knew he had cystic fibrosis, that he was expected to live only until the age of 30 or so, and that soon she'd have a choice to make. She could set out to travel and lead the adventurous life she'd always imagined, or she could be with Stephen and embrace another kind of adventure—simultaneously joyous and heartrending—building a life in the ten years they'd have together. The illness would be present in the background of their lives and then ever-more-insistently in the foreground.
Beyond the illness, though, is a breathtaking love story, written in crystalline prose, describing the pulse of her relationship with Stephen, with all its illuminating quirks. Scarboro tells her story of fierce love and its limitations with humor, grace, and remarkable bravery. My Foreign Cities is a portrait of a young couple approaching mortality with reckless abandon, gleefully outrunning it for as long as they can.
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