Love and Fury: A Memoir

Love and Fury: A Memoir

by Richard Hoffman


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ISBN-13: 9780807042809
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 03/31/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,300,424
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Richard Hoffman is the author of Half the House: A Memoir; the poetry collections Without Paradise, Emblem, and Gold Star Road, winner of both the 2006 Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the 2008 Sheila Motton Award from the New England Poetry Club; and the short story collection Interference and Other Stories. He is senior writer-in-residence at Emerson College and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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We’re sitting in the kitchen, at the scarred Formica table, my father and my brother Joe and I, having just finished the kind of meal we have had innumerable times in the twenty-three years since my mother died: take-out hot dogs from “Yocco, the Hot Dog King” with a side of deep-fried pierogies, or maybe it was microwaved Lloyd’s Roast Beef Barbecue from a plastic container in the fridge, or strip steaks on the George Foreman Grill, with a side of microwaved instant mashed potatoes. I can’t recall for certain what we ate that night, maybe because my father has asked us to meet with him after supper to go over his will, and the two steel boxes have been there on the table next to the tall plastic bottle of orange soda throughout the meal, keeping their secrets to themselves. I know what’s in at least one of them, though: birth certificates, death certificates, account numbers, records, directions, the deeds to graves. It’s two weeks since he’s been diagnosed with MDS, myelodysplastic syndrome, a condition that, at his age, eighty-one, almost always becomes leukemia. He has everything in order, he says. It’s all right here in the boxes.

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CatheMarie More than 1 year ago
Love & Fury is Richard's Hoffman's memoir of five generations of his family.  He tells the complex and interesting story of his family.  The story weaves back and forth between the generations as the stories intertwine.  It's as though we're sitting on the porch and he's telling us their story.  It's a thoroughly engaging story that I didn't want to end.