Beautiful Stranger: A Memoir of an Obsession with Perfection Hope Donahue

ISBN: 9781904132592

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273 pages


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Beautiful Stranger: A Memoir of an Obsession with Perfection  by  Hope Donahue

Beautiful Stranger: A Memoir of an Obsession with Perfection by Hope Donahue
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Hope Donahue seemed to have it all: beauty, wealth, social status. She was an only child who grew up with the best private schools, debutante balls, and a home in Hancock Park, Los Angeless old-money enclave. But beneath the familys façade ofMoreHope Donahue seemed to have it all: beauty, wealth, social status. She was an only child who grew up with the best private schools, debutante balls, and a home in Hancock Park, Los Angeless old-money enclave. But beneath the familys façade of keeping up appearances, Hope hid a host of ugly truths, including a mother increasingly jealous of her daughters good looks, an uncles sexual advances, and a father who cowed to the demands of his wife and coolly reserved parents.

Hope became addicted to a quest for physical perfection in place of her self-esteem—, and by the age of twenty-seven she had undergone seven plastic surgeries. In riveting, unflinching prose, Hope recounts her downward spiral that alienated her family and friends, and led her to theft, bankruptcy, and a sadistic relationship before she began her recovery. A powerful response to a culture obsessed with extreme makeovers and risky procedures that promise flawlessness, Beautiful Stranger is a timely, cautionary tale.

Her story will inspire the countless women and men like her who struggle every day in a culture that feeds us dangerous images of unattainable perfection. Beautiful Stranger is a dark, scary, and important story of how broad social trends shape the suffering of individuals- how, in the authors case, the beauty addiction of a whole culture is mapped onto a dysfunctional family and an obsessive compulsive disorder. Donahue perfectly captures the predatory style of a certain kind of surgeon -- at once seductively flattering and solicitous and yet always on the prowl for access into the faces and bodiess of the vulnerable.

--Virginia L. Blum, author of Flesh Wounds



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