Arrangements in Blue: Notes on Love and Making a Life (Paperback)
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Arrangements in Blue: Notes on Love and Making a Life (Paperback)

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Published: 14/03/2024
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In her honest and luminously crafted memoir, poet Amy Key uses Joni Mitchell's seminal album Blue as her guide in navigating experiences of loneliness, desire, disappointment and romantic love.

When poet Amy Key was growing up, she looked forward to a life shaped by romance, fuelled by desire, longing and the conventional markers of success that come when you share a life with another person. But that didn't happen for her. Now in her forties, she sets out to explore the realities of a life lived in the absence of romantic love.

Using Joni Mitchell's seminal album Blue - which shaped Key's expectations of love - as an anchor, Arrangements in Blue elegantly honours a life lived completely by, and for, oneself. Building a home, travelling alone, choosing whether to be a mother, recognising her own milestones, learning the limits of self-care and the expansive potential of self-friendship, Key uncovers the many forms of connection and care that often go unnoticed.

With profound candour and intimacy, Arrangements in Blue explores the painful feelings we are usually too ashamed to discuss: loneliness, envy, grief and failure. The result is a book which inspires us to live and love more honestly.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781529919967
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 173 g
Dimensions: 197 x 128 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

The book I've been waiting for my entire life. Utterly beautiful and funny and true. - Dolly Alderton, author of Everything I Know About Love

Marks an important shift in ideas about intimacy and solitude. - Observer

A beautiful, painful, liberating book. Amy Key writes with such tenderness and insight. - Olivia Laing, author of The Lonely City

This raw, gorgeous, pulsing memoir the harbinger of a real talent. - Sunday Times

Fearless... Wonderfully, Key's prose retains all the intimacy of her verse. Arrangements in Blue is a tender, subversive study of love in its myriad forms. - New Statesman

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“Lovely read”

I picked this up as I saw a lot of myself in the synopsis, but am at a much earlier time in my life. Originally, I was looking for reassurance, or answers, or some way to change my outlook. This book isn't that,... More

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“In search of an authentic life”

I'll be honest: I was expecting more Joni in this book BUT, once I'd got over that, I discovered a bracingly honest biography of one woman's search for meaning in a world that tells you that meaning... More

Hardback edition
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“Wonderful.”

Life-writing at its very best – tender, reflective, unbearably human. While the writing never feels overwrought, there are such flashes of brilliance in every paragraph that it was no surprise to learn that Amy Key is... More

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