In My Mother's House

by Kim Chernin

Book, 1983



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New York : Harper & Row, 1984, c1983.


"In My Mother's House depicts a profound, intergenerational struggle between a powerful, politically engaged mother, Rose, and her spiritually inclined poet and writer daughter, Kim. Framing this collision are two other generations. There is Rose's mother from the shtetl, a broken woman regularly beaten by her husband but the source of the family's stories. And Kim's daughter, a second-generation, fully assimilated girl of eight at the time the book begins. Four generations, from the shtetl to an affluent intellectual household in Berkeley, California, the story is a historical record and reckoning between the old activist left and a beginning feminist movement. The double narrative allows Kim to explore the evolving relationship between mother and daughter, who, through their storytelling, are brought to a profound understanding and reconciliation"--… (more)

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LibraryThing member A.Smith
I really enjoyed this book. The book is about women in 4 generations (great-grandmother, grandmother, mother, and daughter). The grandmother was an active Communist during the McCarthy era. The great-grandmother and grandmother immigrated to the U.S. from Russia.


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