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Portrait of My Mother, Who Posed Nude in Wartime

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Rachel Gershon's family is full of secrets. In her Grandmother Eva's house, the doors are shut and curtains are drawn at all times. Her mother, Clara, can "seal a piece of time like a letter and send it away," and her father, Abe, saves his confession until he's well beyond the grave. It is Rachel's only consolation that someday she'll have the whole story, that she might, if she listens carefully enough, be able to trace the whispers back past her home on the steep ocean cliffs of California to the Indiana college town in the 1930s where it all began.

In "Elegy for Miss Beagle," a melodramatic young Clara daydreams of death, and romanticizes tragedy, until she is faced with her piano teacher's sudden suicide. In the title story, Clara tries to cure the boredom that "slips over her like a harness" by secretly posing for an artist while she is pregnant. Later, in "God's Spies," Rachel witnesses how good adults can be at keeping secrets when her mother signs up to pose nude again, this time covered from head to toe in gold paint for a local Arts Festival.

The ten linked stories of Portrait of My Mother, Who Posed Nude in Wartime, display a Chekhovian restraint, an exceptional richness and depth of insight into the strangeness at the heart of every family. Here, the profundity of everyday sadness is laid bare in lucid, quiet terms. Marjorie Sandor tells her stories like secrets, as if "some story under the story was trying to rise up."

Review:

"Sandor has an honest imagination and shares its discoveries with skill and care." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"These beautiful stories freeze the sweep of the hands of the clock, they stop the beat of your heart, with the precision of their language and their generous emotion." Frederick Busch

Synopsis:

Ten linked stories that explore the emotional snarls in a secretive Jewish family.

Synopsis:

Linked stories follow a Jewish-American family across several generations. Clara comes from a restrained, secretive family lending the book a taut narrative tension. Sandor's prose is quiet, moving, psychologically acute.

Synopsis:

"These beautiful stories freeze the sweep of the hands of the clock, they stop the beat of your heart, with the precision of their language and their generous emotion."—Frederick Busch

Linked stories follow a Jewish-American family across several generations. Clara comes from a restrained, secretive family lending the book a taut narrative tension. The big secret—her husband’s adultery during World War II—is not revealed until the last story. Sandor’s prose is quiet, moving, psychologically acute.

Marjorie Sandor is the author of The Night Gardener (Lyons) and A Night of Music (Ecco). Her fiction has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize XIII, and The Best of Beacon. She teaches at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

About the Author

Marjorie Sandor is the author of The Night Gardener (Lyons) and A Night of Music (Ecco). Her fiction has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize XIII, and The Best of Beacon. She teaches at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Table of Contents

Legend — Capacity — Elegy for Miss Beagle — Orphan of love — Portrait of my mother, who posed nude in wartime — The Handcuff king — Annunciation — God's spies — Gravity — Malingerer.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781889330822
Author:
Sandor, Marjorie
Publisher:
Sarabande Books
Author:
Sandor, Marjorie
Location:
Louisville, Ky.
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
Domestic fiction, American
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
107-775
Publication Date:
May 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
196
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 196 pages Sarabande Books - English 9781889330822 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Sandor has an honest imagination and shares its discoveries with skill and care."
"Review" by , "These beautiful stories freeze the sweep of the hands of the clock, they stop the beat of your heart, with the precision of their language and their generous emotion."
"Synopsis" by ,
Ten linked stories that explore the emotional snarls in a secretive Jewish family.
"Synopsis" by , Linked stories follow a Jewish-American family across several generations. Clara comes from a restrained, secretive family lending the book a taut narrative tension. Sandor's prose is quiet, moving, psychologically acute.
"Synopsis" by ,

"These beautiful stories freeze the sweep of the hands of the clock, they stop the beat of your heart, with the precision of their language and their generous emotion."—Frederick Busch

Linked stories follow a Jewish-American family across several generations. Clara comes from a restrained, secretive family lending the book a taut narrative tension. The big secret—her husband’s adultery during World War II—is not revealed until the last story. Sandor’s prose is quiet, moving, psychologically acute.

Marjorie Sandor is the author of The Night Gardener (Lyons) and A Night of Music (Ecco). Her fiction has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize XIII, and The Best of Beacon. She teaches at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

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