“The Art of Losing”

In My Brilliant Friends, Nancy K. Miller depicts the life-altering importance of deep and nourishing friendships between and among women. Through vivid details and Miller’s singular point of view, we witness her transformative relationships with Carolyn Heilbrun, Naomi Schor, and Diane Middlebrook and their enduring love, growth, and collective power.

~ Min Jin Lee, author of Free Food for Millionaires and Pachinko, a finalist for the National Book Award


Read the prelude to Nancy K. Miller’s My Brilliant Friends: Our Lives in Feminism. In this prelude, titled, “The Art of Losing,” Miller discusses the loss of three life-changing friendships and their inspiration for this work. My Brilliant Friends is an innovative group biography of three friendships forged in second-wave feminism. Poignant and politically charged, the book is a captivating personal account of the complexities of women’s bonds.

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