2005, The Penguin Press
Alexander Liberman and Tatiana du Plessix were gifted Russian
emigres who fled occupied Paris in 1940 to become the first
and grandest "power couple" of New York's fashion
world. They hobnobbed with Dali, Deitrich, and Nabokov. They
told American women how to look, where to travel, what to read.
They loved eachother fiercely and neurotically, and treated
everyone else with ruthless opportunism. As told by their daughter,
Francine du Plessix Gray, Alexander and tatiana's story is fascinating,
often heartrending, filled with romance and pathos, and captures
the chaos and glamour of postwar New York.
"Astonishing...[Gray] uses all her writerly gifts...to
give the reader an intense and remarkable power portrait."
-Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"Exquisite...Gray has written that rare memoir never sunk
-The Philadelphia Enquirer
"Them is blessed with the memoir's equivalent of
good bones: epic scope and historic scale...but the tale is
in the telling, and Gray's acumen, honesty, and elegant prose...are
equal to the task."
-The Boston Globe
"A spellbinding, warts-and-all double portrait...a dazzling
account...With a masterful balance of 'ruthlessness and tenderness',
research and reminiscence, grievance and gratitude, [Gray's]
book is a sterling example of the personal memoir exalted to
-Los Angeles Times
"A genre-bending book, part memoir, part biography, part
elegy, and part lyrical magic...Within it's sweeping scope are
cameos so unforgettable, language so transcendent, that the
book achieves the rare feat of offering something for everyone."
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel