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Fierce Attachments: A Memoir

Gornick, Vivian

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ISBN 10: 0374154856 / ISBN 13: 9780374154851
Published by Farrar Straus & Giroux (T), U.S.A., 1987
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First printing stated. Black cloth, tan boards, gilt titles. Author is well-known for her essays on feminism, society and politics, published in the Times, the Voice, Nation and other periodicals. In this memoir, she examines the mother-daughter relationship in her own life. Book unread, very good plus with disparate aging to text block at edges, a few small spots. DJ likewise very good plus with aging to edges and flaps. 203 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 14499

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Title: Fierce Attachments: A Memoir

Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux (T), U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition.

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The author recounts her childhood experiences living in a tenement, looks at her relationship with her mother, and describes the lives of women bound to husbands they didn't love


Rarely is the barbed edge of mother love described with such scorching wit and raw emotion as it is in Vivian Gornick's reissued memoir. Fierce Attachments zigzags between a Bronx tenement teeming with immigrants in the 1940s and New York in the 1980s. It chronicles an almighty struggle between the author and her mother, a stubborn rabble-rouser bursting with tart, angry pronouncements, moxie, and an undeniable measure of charm. Waving away an "Eastern religionist" trying to sell her on his god, she raps out: "Young man, I am a Jew and a socialist. I think that's more than enough for one lifetime, don't you?" Her husband's untimely death is the occasion for such wild histrionics--screaming, refusing to walk, flinging herself into the grave--that when Gornick works the Middle East years later as a journalist, the ululating cries and fainting mourners at funerals seem comfortably familiar. The rapid-fire flow of confidences and furious arguments between the duo mellow slightly, believably, as they grow older together.

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