Susie Boyt examines hero-worship?along with consolation, love, grief, and fame?through the prism of her own beloved Judy Garland. Her journey takes in a duetting breakfast with Mickey Rooney, a munchkin luncheon, and a breathless, semisacred encounter with Liza Minnelli. Layering key episodes from Garland's life with defining moments from her own, Boyt explores with insight and humor what it means to adore someone you don't know.
Susie Boyt was born in London and educated at Oxford University. She is the author of four novels including "The Last Hope of Girls, " which was short-listed for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and "Only Human" which was short-listed for the Mind Award. She writes a weekly column about fashion for the "Financial Times." She also works part time as a bereavement counselor.