|2||My Sister's Suicide||13|
|4||Finding My Way||66|
|7||Spin the Bottle||130|
|10||The Still Center of the Turning Wheel||189|
|12||A Portrait of the Puttana as a Woman in Midlife||219|
Vertigo: A Memoir / Edition 1by Louise DeSalvo
Pub. Date: 08/01/2002
Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The
Over a decade ago, Louise DeSalvo stunned the literary world with an unflinching portrait of Virginia Woolf that unraveled the hidden roots of Woolf's "madness," reinterpreting her life and work in light of the sexual abuse the author suffered as a child. With Vertigo, this acclaimed critic, biographer, and novelist turns bravely to her own life, sifting through painful memories of her own past to reveal fury and forgiveness, silence and creativity, grief and self-discovery. Born to Italian immigrant parents during World War II and coming of age during the repressive 1950s, this spirited and streetwise girl soon found herself rebelling -- first through sex and alcohol, and later through education and writing -- against the narrow precincts imposed upon her life. Vertigo is a vivid record of how a young working-class Italian American woman found the path to her life's work: becoming a writer in order to excavate the meaning of her experience and community.
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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.
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.