Fierce Attachments

Author : Vivian Gornick

Available : Rented
Age Group :Adults
Amazon.com 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.

Amazon.com 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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