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 ...Read MoreIn 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 prinicpal 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.Read Less
Very good in good dust jacket. . 182 p. Audience: General/trade. TAN SPINE AND BROWN/AQUA FRONT DUST JACKET. Book has been inspected for you with clean endpapers and is a BCE. Photo of author on back d.j. flap.
Stated First Printing. 204pp. 8vo. HC. Black cloth spine, light gray boards, bright gold lettering. Biography. Sociology. Her lifelong battle with her mother for independence. Theirs is a relentless, unending debate, for the combatants are equally matched in wit, in force of personality, and in mutual loyalty. Minor DJ edge wear. Slight stain (coffee? ) on back free endpaper. Minor amount of spine color has transferred to inner side of DJ, at bottom of spine, very slightly lightening the spine's color in that area. O/w binding is clean, sound and unworn, as are the contents. VG-/ VG-.
Marek Antoniak (Jacket Design) Very Good in Very Good jacket. Academic, Scholarly, Research. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. 204 pp. Solidly bound copy and dj with moderate external wear, crisp pages and clean text. Stain on bottom edge.
Publishers Weekly, 1988-02-26 This supple, energized memoir chronicles Gornick's (Essays in Feminism) explosive relationship with her mother and her unsuccessful battle to reject a legacy of hatred, depression and humiliation. Gornick is ``an able storyteller with a keen ear for dialogue,'' but, according to PW, her work bogs down with ``therapy-talk and self-indulgence.'' (May)
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