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The Fortune Teller's Kiss
by Brenda Serotte


Overview - There was always the incantation: "Whoever wishes you harm, may harm come to them " And just in case that didn't work, there were garlic and cloves to repel the Evil Eye--or, better yet, the dried foreskin from a baby boy's circumcision, ground to a fine powder.  Read more...

 
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Overview
There was always the incantation: "Whoever wishes you harm, may harm come to them " And just in case that didn't work, there were garlic and cloves to repel the Evil Eye--or, better yet, the dried foreskin from a baby boy's circumcision, ground to a fine powder. But whatever precautions Brenda Serotte was subjected to, they were not enough. Shortly before her eighth birthday, in the fall of 1954, she came down with polio--painfully singled out in a world already marked by differences. Her bout with the dreaded disease is at the heart of this poignant and heartbreakingly hilarious memoir of growing up a Sephardic Jew among Ashkenazi neighbors in the Bronx.

This was a world of belly dancers and fortune tellers, shelter drills and vast quantities of Mediterranean food; a world of staunchly joined and endlessly contrary aunts and uncles, all drawn here in loving, merciless detail. The Fortune Teller's Kiss is a heartfelt tribute to a disappearing culture and a paean to the author's truly quirky clan, especially her beloved champion, her father. It is also a deft and intimate cultural history of the Bronx fifty years ago and of its middle-class inhabitants, their attitudes toward contagious illness, womanly beauty, poverty, and belonging.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780803243538
  • ISBN-10: 0803243537
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publish Date: February 2012
  • Page Count: 220
  • Dimensions: 8.53 x 5.52 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.73 pounds

Series: American Lives (University of Nebraska)

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