The Fortune Teller's Kiss (American Lives )
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This was a world of belly dancers and fortune tellers, shelter drills and vast quantities of Mediterranean food; a world of staunchly joined and endlessly contrary aunts and uncles, all drawn here in loving, merciless detail. The Fortune Teller’s Kiss is a heartfelt tribute to a disappearing culture and a paean to the author’s truly quirky clan, especially her beloved champion, her father. It is also a deft and intimate cultural history of the Bronx fifty years ago and of its middle-class inhabitants, their attitudes toward contagious illness, womanly beauty, poverty, and belonging.
Praise For The Fortune Teller's Kiss (American Lives )…
"Poet Serotte turns to prose to recreate her childhood as a Sephardic Jew in post-WWII New York. . . . Serotte brilliantly recreates the sheer dread the very word 'polio' evoked in those pre–Jonas Salk days. Her description of her family's response to her illness is unflinching. . . . An unquestionably heroic narrative that never sounds preening or self-satisfied."—Kirkus Reviews
"Serotte is a marvelous storyteller, and this book, one of the American Lives Series, is a profoundly moving memoir."—Booklist
"The Fortune Teller's Kiss is an eloquent brief on the transformative powers of stories, giving us permission to enter a private territory and offering the limitless interpretations to which a good memoir lends itself." —Tara Kai, Sun-Sentinel
"[A] fascinating story with scenes of great humor and deep pathos, and a beautifully written account of a life-changing experience. . . . [Serotte's] refusal to succumb to despair despite her terrifying ordeal speaks to the hope that lies within every heart, and gives this powerful book universal appeal."—Jewish Book World
“Sensitive and thought-provoking, The Fortune Teller’s Kiss combines tragedy with humor to create a compelling portrait of the effects of severe illness on immigrants and their children.”—Roberta Gordenstein, Multicultural Review
University of Nebraska Press, 9780803243538, 220pp.
Publication Date: February 1, 2012