The Day My Mother Changed Her Name
and Other Stories
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Day My Mother Changed Her Name by William Kaufman
Book DescriptionWilliam D. Kaufman grew up on his mother's kugel and his father's boyhood stories. The son of Jewish immigrants from Lithuania and the Ukraine and one of five children, he learned how to translate his colorful childhood into tales of his own, regaling audiences of family, friends, and eventually his retirement community with periodic public readings. Now, at the age of 93, Kaufman makes his stories, filled with a sharp wit and telling detail, available to a wider audience for the first time.In the title story a young Jewish boy is shamed by a narrow-minded teacher who forces him to admit, before the whole class, that his mother cannot read English. His mother's eventual encounter with the teacher offers a lesson in self-respect, with just the right balance of grace and moxie. In "The Search for God in the A and P" a young boy goes on a clandestine mission to compare prices at his father's grocery competition; the expedition meets with comic results when the young boy refuses to be bullied in this David-and-Goliath-style parable. These semi-autobiographical stories, populated with outsized and magnetic characters, subtly layer the specifics of the Jewish experience with universal dilemmas of childhood, growing up, and old age.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780815609322
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Syracuse University Press
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publish Date: 15-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - William Kaufman
William D. Kaufman is retired from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he worked as a professional fundraiser for more than thirty years. His short stories have been published in the Forward, Moment, World War II Chronicles, and Columbia Magazine.
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