How I Came Into My Inheritance: And Other True Stories Dorothy Gallagher How I Came Into My Inheritance And Other True Stories Dorothy Gallagher began her literary career fabricating stories about celebrities for a pulp magazine Nothing she invented however could rival the facts surrounding her own family In a singular voic
  • Title: How I Came Into My Inheritance: And Other True Stories
  • Author: Dorothy Gallagher
  • ISBN: 9780375707506
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Paperback
How I Came Into My Inheritance: And Other True Stories Dorothy GallagherDorothy Gallagher began her literary career fabricating stories about celebrities for a pulp magazine Nothing she invented, however, could rival the facts surrounding her own family.In a singular voice intimate, fierce, hilarious Gallagher takes you into the heart of her Russian Jewish heritage with stories as elegant and stylish as fiction From the wrenching last stagesDorothy Gallagher began her literary career fabricating stories about celebrities for a pulp magazine Nothing she invented, however, could rival the facts surrounding her own family.In a singular voice intimate, fierce, hilarious Gallagher takes you into the heart of her Russian Jewish heritage with stories as elegant and stylish as fiction From the wrenching last stages of her parents lives, Gallagher moves back through time to her parents beginnings, the adventures of her extended family, and the communist ideology to which they cling Her aunt Lily sells lingerie to prostitutes a family friend is found murdered in a bathtub her cousin Meyer returns to the Ukraine to find his village near death from starvation and a young Gallagher endures sessions in self criticism at a Workers Children s camp Together these episodes tell the larger story of a generation living through tumultuous history, and record the acts of loving defiance of a daughter on her path to independence.From the Trade Paperback edition.
How I Came Into My Inheritance: And Other True Stories Dorothy Gallagher

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  1. Dorothy Gallagher s absolutely original and unique voice perfectly portrays her childhood in a collection of linked stories This short but biting collection can be read in a short sitting and are funny, highly observant, and MUST be the truth as no one could possibly invent these relatives.

  2. Auto biography Daughter of a Ukrainian mother and a Jewish father, Dorothy shares stories of growing up poor in New York City Good writing.

  3. She reveals her unconscious racism in the writing process, which while we all have it, haunted me.

  4. A great book of family life and expectations set in a Brooklyn Bronx city landscape The famous author shares with great wit and dialect her larger Russian Jewish family of aunts, uncles, cousins all as they grew up together, with all the warts, tensions, and absurdities one finds within their families.I loved the opening pages it set the tone for all that was to come After my mother broke her hip, I put her in a nursing home You want to put me here she said.The woman was certified senile, but sh [...]

  5. This is the author s first collection of memory stories, and it focuses on her parents and extended family, life in the Bronx and Golden s Bridge It hangs together as a single narrative, though told it discrete episodes but is equally pungent and insightful into the time and world of very secular left wing Jews Gallagher was a red diaper baby, though a heretic among her parent s generation of true believers except for her Aunt Rachile, who made two trips to the Soviet Union in the 30s, one a pi [...]

  6. My father wrote a review for this book that included the following excerpt The family dynamics are amazingly familiar both extremely funny but also very sad The grudges, the socialist ideas, the summer camps, the obsessive compulsive relationships, it could have been written by my parents or any of my friend s parents who were all born in the Lower Eastside to Eastern European Jewish immigrants Unfortunately, and I guess that s why I still find the story quite sad, is that Ms Gallagher never rea [...]

  7. I choose what I read mostly from book reviews in national papers, on NPR, award winners and from other readers But the books that I love so much have come from browsing in a library or a bookstore I found Barbara Pym going down the alphabet in my local library, Gilbert White my first time at The Strand and this book in Blue Bicycle Books last weekend in Charleston, SC Gallagher s stories of her extended Jewish family are poignant, irreverent, and laugh out loud funny Buy this book, keep it close [...]

  8. Oh, how I love reading about red diaper babies Oh, how I relate to people who also grew up with weird parents in squalid, half built homes Gallagher s got a great descriptive style, cool and vivid, like frost on a window.

  9. So funny Very sad Entirety human It made me laugh, it made me think, I can t wait to share this with my friends and family Such a find Why did I wait so long to read it

  10. Gallagher s voice is wholly engrossing like she is speaking to the reader, but not too casually I don t know yet I really, really enjoyed this book.

  11. Dorothy has a way of writing simply and directly about her family and extended relatives This slim volume draws you right in, and gives pause to thinking about your own interesting realtives.

  12. Don t let the last name fool you, she s the daughter of Jewish reds from Russia and writes a truly hilarious memoir of her childhood.

  13. Just not as good as it should have been, given the first chapter story mostly a series of anecdotes that really needed fleshing out.

  14. I enjoy the way I feel when reading her material because it s like having a conversation with a friend, even though some of the topics weren t comfortable.

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