The Girls of Usually

The Girls of Usually

by Lori Horvitz
The Girls of Usually

The Girls of Usually

by Lori Horvitz

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Overview

Lori Horvitz grew up ashamed of her Eastern European Jewish roots, confused about her sexuality, and idolizing the "shiksa in her living room," a blonde all-American girl whose photo came in a double frame and was displayed next to a family photo from a bar mitzvah. Unable to join the "happy blonde families," she becomes a "hippie chick" who travels the world in search of ... something. The Girls of Usually chronicles each trip, each romance, each experiment in reinventing herself that draws her closer to discovering the secret door through which she can escape from deep-rooted patterns and accept her own cultural, ethnic, and sexual identity.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578833118
Publisher: Lori Horvitz
Publication date: 12/31/2020
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Lori Horvitz' writing has appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies, including Epiphany, Redivider, South Dakota Review, Hobart, Chattahoochee Review, The Guardian, and Hotel Amerika. She has been awarded writing fellowships from Yaddo, Ragdale, Brush Creek, Cottages at Hedgebrook, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Blue Mountain Center. Professor of English at UNC Asheville, Horvitz received a PhD in English from SUNY at Albany, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ix

1. The Magician. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

2. Shiksa in My Living Room. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

3. Chickens of Suburbia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

4. Sham Poodle Dreams. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12

5. A Tourist, Of Sorts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16

6. My Life as a Hippie Chick. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

7. Deathbed Pearls. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

8. My People. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

9. A Hushed Blue Underworld. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

10. Little Pink Hatchling. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

11. Slow Train to the Forbidden City. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

12. New York: 1986-1989. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

13. Women of Pompeii . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

14. The Weight of Stuff. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

15. A Certain Shade of Blue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98

16. The Last Days of Disco Donut. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

17. Mongrels of Salamanca. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110

18. Feminist Christmas Tree Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

19. The Girls of Usually. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .128

20. The Lost Language of Lox. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143

21. Death and Furniture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150

22. Transitions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158

23. Slim-Fast Vacation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .167

24. Unloading Bones. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172

25. Father's Advice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178

26. The Golden Cord. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .182

27. Into the Arms of Strangers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .191

28. Fahrenheit or Celsius:

Long Distance Love in Degrees. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198

29. OpenWide66. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202

30. Dating My Mother. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211

31. The Big Smoke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219

32. The Woman Who Owned a Place

in Flannery O'Connor's Hometown. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225

Epilogue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234

About the Author. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238

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