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Fierce attachments : a memoir, Vivian Gornick ; introduction by Jonathan Lethem

Label
Fierce attachments : a memoir
Title
Fierce attachments
Title remainder
a memoir
Statement of responsibility
Vivian Gornick ; introduction by Jonathan Lethem
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this deeply etched and haunting memoir, Vivian Gornick tells the story of her lifelong battle with her mother for independence. There have been numerous books about mother and daughter, but none has dealt with this closest of filial relations as directly or as ruthlessly. Gornick's groundbreaking book confronts what Edna O'Brien has called "the principal crux of female despair": the unacknowledged oedipal nature of the mother-daughter bond. Born and raised in the Bronx, the daughter of "urban peasants," Gornick grows up in a household dominated by her intelligent but uneducated mother's romantic depression over the early death of her husband. Next door lives Nettie, an attractive widow whose calculating sensuality appeals greatly to Vivian. These women with their opposing models of femininity continue, well into adulthood, to affect Gornick's struggle to find herself in love and in work. As Gornick walks with her aged mother through the streets of New York, arguing and remembering the past, each wins the reader's admiration: the caustic and clear-thinking daughter, for her courage and tenacity in really talking to her mother about the most basic issues of their lives, and the still powerful and intuitively-wise old woman, who again and again proves herself her daughter's mother. Unsparing, deeply courageous, Fierce Attachments is one of the most remarkable documents of family feeling that has been written, a classic that helped start the memoir boom and remains one of the most moving examples of the genre
Member of
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gornick, Vivian
Dewey number
974.7/1043/092
Index
no index present
LC call number
HQ755.85
LC item number
.G67 2005
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
FSG classics
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Gornick, Vivian
  • Gornick, Vivian
  • Daughters
  • Jews
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Daughters
  • Jews
  • Mothers and daughters
  • New York (State)
Label
Fierce attachments : a memoir, Vivian Gornick ; introduction by Jonathan Lethem
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Publication
Note
Originally published 1987
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
viii, 203 pages
Isbn
9780374529963
Lccn
2005048836
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)60515325
  • 1856666
  • (OCoLC)ocm60515325
  • 1856666
Label
Fierce attachments : a memoir, Vivian Gornick ; introduction by Jonathan Lethem
Link
Publication
Note
Originally published 1987
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
viii, 203 pages
Isbn
9780374529963
Lccn
2005048836
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)60515325
  • 1856666
  • (OCoLC)ocm60515325
  • 1856666

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