'Darkly Funny' according to The Chicago Tribune. Royal Blue (Simon & Schuster 1998) is a memoir of half fact half fiction chronicling the early years of Christina Oxenberg's hectic life.
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Maria Moses has always felt like an outsider in her family. Her mother, a princess from a deposed royal European family, is absorbed in herself and her social life. Her older sister, Miranda, busy with the seduction of older men and the trappings of luxury, alternately ignores and despises her. And her well-intentioned father is too busy playing tennis to notice his younger daughter's growing dislocation. Maria is further removed from her family when a childhood friend dies in an accident and she is sent to a boarding school for emotionally disturbed children. There, she is the victim of a terrible crime that threatens to scar her permanently. Searching for validation, she finds Tino, a worldly older married man, who promises to elevate her above her family. But finding a life with him may cost Maria all she has left. Torn by the contradictions in her life, she must face up to her past and her family's legacy of lies and illegitimacy.About the Author:
Christina Oxenberg was born, and briefly raised, in NewYork City. This was followed by prolonged stays in London, then Madrid, then back to New York before returning to London, and so on, until after fourteen schools and a multitudinous array of stepparents and their tribes of offspring, a precedent for adventure was set. Bypassing University, Oxenberg plunged into a whirlpool of random employment, everything from researcher to party organizer to art dealer to burger flipper. Oxenberg’s single true love is writing and she published her first book,TAXI, a collection of anecdotes, in 1986. Despite the lousy pay, Oxenberg published articles in Allure Magazine, The London Sunday Times Magazine, Tattler, Salon.com, Penthouse and anyone else who would have her. In 2000 Oxenberg was seduced by the offer of a regular paycheck and she fell down the rabbit-hole world of fine fibers. In the blink of an eye a decade vanished into an unwieldy wool business. With relief she returns to the relative calm of writing fiction. Between excursions, she lives in Key West, Florida.
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