VIRTUAL - Natalie Standiford - ASTRID SEES ALL

Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 7:00pm

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Natalie Standiford will be in conversation with Donna Freitas.

New York, 1984: Twenty-two-year-old Phoebe Hayes is a young woman in search of excitement and adventure. But the  recent death of her father has so devastated her that her mother wants her to remain home in Baltimore to recover.  Phoebe wants to return to New York, not only to chase the glamorous life she so desperately craves but also to confront  Ivan, the older man who painfully wronged her. 

With her best friend Carmen, she escapes to the East Village, disappearing into an underworld haunted by artists, It  Girls, and lost souls trying to party their pain away. Carmen juggles her junkie-poet boyfriend and a sexy painter while,  as Astrid the Star Girl, Phoebe tells fortunes in a nightclub and plots her revenge on Ivan. 

When the intoxicating brew of sex, drugs, and self-destruction leads Phoebe to betray her friend, Carmen disappears,  and Phoebe begins an unstoppable descent into darkness. She may have a chance to save herself—and Carmen, if she  can find her—but to do it she must face what’s hiding in the shadows she’s been running from—within her heart and in  the dangerous midnight streets. 

A love letter to gritty 1980s New York City, Astrid Sees All is an irresistible, original novel about female friendship, sex  and romance, and what it’s like to be a young woman searching for an identity.

Natalie Standiford was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and studied Russian language and  literature at Brown University and in the former Soviet Union. She has written many books for children  and teens, including How to Say Goodbye in Robot; The Secret Tree; and Confessions of the Sullivan  Sisters. Her book reviews and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and  The Los Angeles Review of Books. She lives with her husband in New York City, where she occasionally  plays bass in rock bands with other restless writers. Find out more at

Donna Freitas has spoken at nearly two hundred colleges and universities about her nonfiction work. She is the author of Consent: A Memoir of Unwanted Attention, as well as ten novels for children and young adults. Donna has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Globe, and she has appeared on radio and television, from NPR’s All Things Considered to The Today Show. She has been a professor at Boston University and Hofstra University, and is currently a member of the faculty at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s MFA program. The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano is her first adult novel. 

Astrid Sees All: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982153656
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Published: Atria Books - April 6th, 2021