The Fortune Teller's Kiss

The Fortune Teller's Kiss

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by Brenda Serotte
     
 

ISBN-10: 080324326X

ISBN-13: 9780803243262

Pub. Date: 03/28/2006

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

"There was always the incantation: "Whoever wishes you harm, may harm come to them!" And just in case that didn't work, there were garlic and cloves to repel the Evil Eye - or, better yet, the dried foreskin from a baby boy's circumcision, ground to a fine powder. But whatever precautions Brenda Serotte was subjected to, they were not enough. Shortly before her eighth…  See more details below

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"There was always the incantation: "Whoever wishes you harm, may harm come to them!" And just in case that didn't work, there were garlic and cloves to repel the Evil Eye - or, better yet, the dried foreskin from a baby boy's circumcision, ground to a fine powder. But whatever precautions Brenda Serotte was subjected to, they were not enough. Shortly before her eighth birthday, in the fall of 1954, she came down with polio - painfully singled out in a world already marked by differences. Her bout with the dreaded disease is at the heart of this memoir of growing up a Sephardic Jew among Ashkenazi neighbors in the Bronx." 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803243262
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
03/28/2006
Series:
American Lives Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

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