How I Came into My Inheritance: And Other True Stories

How I Came into My Inheritance: And Other True Stories

by Dorothy Gallagher

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How I Came into My Inheritance: And Other True Stories by Dorothy Gallagher

Dorothy Gallagher began her literary career fabricating stories about celebrities for a pulp magazine. Nothing she invented, however, could rival the facts surrounding her own family.

In a singular voice–intimate, fierce, hilarious–Gallagher takes you into the heart of her Russian Jewish heritage with stories as elegant and stylish as fiction. From the wrenching last stages of her parents’ lives, Gallagher moves back through time: to her parents’ beginnings, the adventures of her extended family, and the communist ideology to which they cling. Her aunt Lily sells lingerie to prostitutes; a family friend is found murdered in a bathtub; her cousin Meyer returns to the Ukraine to find his village near death from starvation; and a young Gallagher endures sessions in self-criticism at a Workers’ Children’s camp. Together these episodes tell the larger story of a generation living through tumultuous history, and record the acts of loving defiance of a daughter on her path to independence.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400033065
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/13/2002
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 242 KB

About the Author

Dorothy Gallagher was born and raised in New York City, where she lives with her husband, the writer and editor Ben Sonnenberg. She is the author of Hannah's Daughters and All the Right Enemies.


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