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Tattoo for a Slave

Hortense Calisher

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ISBN 10: 0156032031 / ISBN 13: 9780156032032
Published by Mariner Books, 2005
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: Tattoo for a Slave

Publisher: Mariner Books

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

Edition: First - may be Reissue.

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A "tattoo" is a bugle call, a summoning that lingers in the ear. Although Hortense Calisher's family eventually migrated north to New York City, the echoes of their days as a slave-owning Jewish family in the South still resonate with this acclaimed author, who uncovers a part of history never before so strongly and tenderly revealed.
Calisher traces her family's years in the South and their transformative move up north, beautifully evoking the mood and texture of the early twentieth century. Her Virginia-born father, a perfume manufacturer, was twenty-two years older than her German-born mother. Marked by longer-than-normal gaps between the generations and conflicts between the mercantile and the scholarly, the "American" and the émigré, her family is characterized by Calisher as "volcanic to meditative to fruitfully dull, and bound to produce someone interested in character, society, and time."

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Published in hardcover by Harcourt, 2004, 0-15-101096-X

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