A Woman of Uncertain Character

A Woman of Uncertain Character

The Amorous and Radical Adventures of My Mother Jennie (who Always Wanted to Be A Respectable Jewish Mom) by Her Bastard Son

Book - 2006 | 1st Carroll & Graf ed
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This memoir is about Clancy Sigal's boyhood in Depression-era Chicago, then James Farrell and Nelson Algren territory. The author recounts his intense relationship with his mother Jennie, a sometime firebrand union organizer, and his roaring Oedipal rivalry with his mostly absent father Leo. Jennie is a single mother on welfare trying to raise a wild rebellious son in a twilight world between law and lawlessness. She is defiant, vulnerable, sexually alive, high stepping, man-loving, woman-friendly, wisecracking, fearlessly facing down hostile strikebreakers armed with shotguns and clubs. Along with the portrait of Jennie, this book tells a rollicking, profane and gritty tale of life on the streets, of stickball, riding the rails, delinquency, gangs--and what happens when a gang boy is mistakenly sent to an all-girls' high school.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2006
Edition: 1st Carroll & Graf ed
ISBN: 9780786717484
Branch Call Number: B SIGAL,C
Characteristics: xiii, 289 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm


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