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In her no-holds-barred family memoir, controversial scholar-critic Louise DeSalvo breaks the traditional silence around life for an Italian American girl coming of age in working-class Hoboken, New Jersey. Upon first publication, DeSalvo’s memoir–which sifts through painful memories of childhood incest, a sister’s suicide, a mother’s psychotic depression, and a father’s violent rage–enjoyed wide acclaim as an instant classic of the genre, written in "one of the most refreshing feminist voices around."—San Francisco Chronicle
East Coast readings
Extensively promoted with new anthology Taste This: Italian American Women Writers on Food and Identity
Louise DeSalvo is professor of English at Hunter College. She has published thirteen books, including the acclaimed Virginia Woolf: The Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Her Life and Work.
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Posted June 1, 2004
I think this book is really great. Louise is an amazing author, and she is wonderful to hear speak. If you get the chance, go see her. This book gives a different perspective on growing up in an Italian-American family, perhaps even a more realistic one. I have read and re-read the book, and am currently reading it for the third time. Highly reccomended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 24, 2003
I began reading 'Vertigo' as an assigned reading requirement for a creative writing class and soon found myself reading far beyond assigned pages, wanted to delve further into the world Louise creates in this wonderful book! I recommend it to everyone. Her writing has changed how I see my own writing, and has become an inspiration to me. It saved me in many ways.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 21, 2011
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