Tattoo For A Slave (Paperback)

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A "tattoo" is a bugle call, a summoning that lingers in the ear. Although Hortense Calisher's family eventually migrated north to New York City, the echoes of their days as a slave-owning Jewish family in the South still resonate with this acclaimed author, who uncovers a part of history never before so strongly and tenderly revealed.
Calisher traces her family's years in the South and their transformative move up north, beautifully evoking the mood and texture of the early twentieth century. Her Virginia-born father, a perfume manufacturer, was twenty-two years older than her German-born mother. Marked by longer-than-normal gaps between the generations and conflicts between the mercantile and the scholarly, the "American" and the émigré, her family is characterized by Calisher as "volcanic to meditative to fruitfully dull, and bound to produce someone interested in character, society, and time."

About the Author

Hortense Calisher has written more than twenty books. Past president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and of PEN, she has been a National Book Award finalist three times and has won an O. Henry Award, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in New York City.

Praise For…

"The wonderful Sunday Jews is unique in her oeuvre: it is at once an old-fashioned family saga, with plot twists worthy of George Eliot's Daniel Deronda, and, like that novel, a delicate, compassionate meditation on the inheritance and creation of religious, familial, and individual identity."-The New York Times Book Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780156032032
ISBN-10: 0156032031
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: November 7th, 2005
Pages: 336
Language: English