1185 Park Avenue: A Memoir

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1185 Park Avenue: A Memoir Biography
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Novelist's memoir of growing up rich and Jewish in New York City in the 1940s and 1950s revisits the brutalities behind the mah-jongg tables, cocktail parties, and summer houses of her family. 275p.

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With a rush of words, layer upon layer, acclaimed author Roiphe (Fruitful, LJ 8/1/96; Up the Sandbox, 1970) dissects her childhood family, depicting as well a grim view of growing up rich and Jewish on Upper Park Avenue in the 1940s and 1950s. The daughter of a wealthy, frightened, chainsmoking mother and a handsome, philandering, cold, immigrant father who rejected his past, Roiphe watched her parents savage each other daily. Unable to connect with her asthmatic, hated, hateful younger brother (though later there is some reconciliation), Roiphe forged a relationship with her mother by becoming her confidante while still craving her father's love. The tragedy of her parents' disastrous marriage repeats itself in Roiphe's own life, when she marries a man like her father, who wants her money but not her. This is not pleasurable reading: the subject matter is deceptively brutal, and the writing is marred by too much detail and repetition. Nonetheless, it is hard to put down this mesmerizing memoir. Buy where Roiphe and memoir are popular.AFrancine Fialkoff, "Library Journal" Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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