Item description for Half/Life: Jew-ish Tales from Interfaith Homes by Laurel Snyder...
Written by authors born into the so-called "dilemma of intermarriage," the stories in Half/Life explore the experience of being raised in a half-Jewish home. Though each essay is distinct, and the experiences are vastly different, each describes growing up without a streamlined identity, unsure of community or religious direction. From Jenny Traig, whose experiences led her to extreme devotion in the form of religious-obsessive compulsion (scrupulosity) to Thisbe Nissen, who finally felt Jewish after discovering a rosary in her boyfriend's sock drawer, these authors examine the complicated relationships they felt with the Jewish community and the world at large. By turns tragic and funny, religious and heartbreaking, angry and surprisingly familiar, Half/Life represents the altogether diverse memories and reflections of a handful of men and women who have spent a lifetime grappling with how to define themselves, or not. Resulting from that struggle is a complex exploration, and some truly brilliant prose.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 8.75" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Apr 15, 2006
Publisher Soft Skull Press
ISBN 1933368241 ISBN13 9781933368245
Availability 0 units.
More About Laurel Snyder
LAUREL SNYDER is the author of several Jewish-themed books for young children, among them Nosh, Schlep, Schluff: Baby Yiddish; Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher; as well as the novels Bigger than a Breadbox, Penny Dreadful, Any Which Wall, and Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains. CATIA CHIEN is the illustrator of The Sea Serpent and Me by Dashka Slater. She grew up in Brazil and now lives and paints in Southern California.
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Funny insights into the evolving Jewish community Jul 21, 2006
This collection of essays--by a talented group of writers--confronts the big hidden question of the Jewish community: if you're not entirely Jewish, what's your status? With humor, irony, and some deep insights into the nature of community and self, Snyder and the other authors open our eyes to the richness of Half/Life--a status that's not less than Jewish, but different from Jewish. Unless the Jewish community understands that identity, it will lose the connection with this growing segment of the population.