Susanna Moore has long been defined by critically acclaimed novels such as In the Cut and My Old Sweetheart, and her new memoir is every bit as complex and compelling. Miss Aluminum recalls the early death of Susanna’s mother and her adolescence in Hawaii with a handsome, self-absorbed father and emotionally abusive stepmother. We learn how Susanna was sent to mainland America, where she became a model and befriended Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty and Joan Didion. Nicole Abadee meets Susanna to discuss her captivating and often humorous portrait of her hard-won arrival at selfhood.

Susanna Moore (International)

Susanna Moore

Susanna Moore grew up in Hawaii. She has lived in New York for the last forty years, and teaches at Princeton University. She is the author of the novels The Life of Objects, The Big Girls, One Last Look, In the Cut, Sleeping Beauties, The Whiteness of Bones, and My Old Sweetheart, and two books of nonfiction, Light Years: A Girlhood in Hawai'i and I Myself Have Seen It: The Myth of Hawai'i. Her 1995 cult novel In the Cut was adapted to the screen in 2003, directed by Jane Campion, and starring Meg Ryan. It was reissued last year in the wake of #metoo. Her most recent book is her memoir of the ten years she spent in Los Angeles in the 70s, Miss Aluminum.

Nicole Abadee (Australian)

Nicole Abadee

Nicole Adabee is the books writer for The Australian Financial Review. She also writes about books for Good Weekend and Australian Book Review, and appears regularly as a facilitator at writers’ festivals and other literary events. As a literary consultant, Nicole helps writers develop their manuscripts and advises on how to get published.