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The Fixed Stars eBook Í The Fixed  PDF \ From a bestselling memoirist, a thoughtful and provocative story of changing identity, complex sexuality, and enduring family relationships   At age , while serving on a jury, author Molly Wizenberg found herself drawn to a female attorney she hardly knew Married to a man for nearly a decade and mother to a toddler, Wizenberg tried to return to her life as she knew it, but something inside her had changed irredeemably Instead, she would discover that the trajectory of our lives is rarely as smooth or as logical as we’d like to believe   Like many of us, Wizenberg had long understood sexual orientation as a stable part of ourselves: we’re “born this way” Suddenly she realized that her story was complicated Who was she, she wondered, if something at her very core could change so radically? The Fixed Stars is a taut, electrifying memoir exploring timely and timeless questions about desire, identity, and the limits and possibilities of family In honest and searing prose, Wizenberg forges a new path: through the murk of separation and divorce, coming out to family and friends, learning to coparent a young child, and realizing a new vision of love The result is a frank and moving story about letting go of rigid definitions and ideals that no longer fit, and learning instead who we really are  


10 thoughts on “The Fixed Stars

  1. Jessica Woodbury Jessica Woodbury says:

    2.5 stars. There are two questions I always consider first and foremost when reading memoir. The first is whether the writer has enough distance from the thing they are writing about. It is possible to write about a recent time in your life, but it


  2. Christine Christine says:

    4.5 stars rounded to 5 stars

    I rarely read memoirs, but this one called to me. The Fixed Stars is a very frank and absorbing account of Ms. Wizenberg’s painful yet steadfast journey to find herself at the age of 37.

    After ten years


  3. Jenne Jenne says:

    You know how when someone you sort of know has a really unexpected breakup, and you desperately want to ask them for all the details but that would be rude?
    This book is like if that person showed up on your doorstep with a LARGE bottle of whiskey and proceed


  4. Anna Anna says:

    It was hard for me to connect with the writing. It felt like she was listing fact after a fact, quote after a quote, without actually diving in and exploring the specific problem she was talking about. The best parts of the book are when she's talking about her girlfriend


  5. Lauren Lauren says:

    I’d have to do some serious math to remember when I started reading Orangette, @molly.wizenberg’s blog, but a dozen years? I definitely read her memoir A Homemade Life while living in Harlem (2009) as I have vivid memories of reading it in my corner laundromat and I remember


  6. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    By contrast with her other two memoirs (especially A Homemade Life, one of my favorite books), this was an uncomfortable read. For one thing, it unpicks the fairy tale of what looked like a pretty ideal marriage and


  7. Sheena Sheena says:

    The Fixed Stars is about a woman struggling with her identity and sexual orientation. She is married and has a child but realizes something in her has changed. I found it hard to connect with the writing, and it was a little boring at times. I felt there were some unnecessary details about her m


  8. Jenny (Reading Envy) Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

    On the one hand, I think Molly's story is very relatable, a woman who after marriage and a child realizes she is attracted to other women and can't just let it go. I think this happens to a lot of people, and it's nice to have a narrative to find resonance in. On the other hand, I did not think the writ


  9. Rachael Rachael says:

    You and a friend that you haven’t seen in a while get together to discuss how life has changed since you last saw each other. You listen intently to her story, unable to break from her words. You listen to your friend confess her most personal discretions, confuse her sexual orientation, change her identity,


  10. Katie Stroble Katie Stroble says:

    While perusing goodreads reviews of this book before I started it, I found a review that compared this book to a friend showing up to your house with a bottle of whisky, ready to spill all the dirt on how and why her marriage ended. And in a way, I completely agree. Molly writes in a way that is totally candid, and fee


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