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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

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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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