American Gypsy: A Memoir

By | November 11, 2017
American Gypsy: A Memoir Author Oksana Marafioti
ISBN-10 0374104077
ISBN-13 9780374104078
Year 2012-07-03
Pages 370
Language English
Publisher FSG Originals
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A vivid and funny memoir about growing up Gypsy and becoming AmericanFifteen year old Oksana Marafioti is a Gypsy This means touring with the family band from the Mongolian deserts to the Siberian tundra It means getting your hair cut in the Lioness It also means enduring sneering racism from every segment of Soviet society Her father is determined that his girls lead a better freer life In America Also he wants to play guitar with B B King And cure cancer with his personal magnetism All of this he confides to the woman at the American embassy who inexplicably allows the family entry Soon they are living on the sketchier side of Hollywood What little Oksana and her sister Roxy know of the United States they ve learned from MTV subcategory George Michael It doesn t quite prepare them for the challenges of immigration Why are the glamorous Kraft Singles individually wrapped Are the little soaps in the motels really free How do you protect your nice new boyfriend from your opinionated father who wants you to marry decently within the clan In this affecting hilarious memoir Marafioti cracks open the secretive world of the Roma and brings the absurdities miscommunications and unpredictable victories of the immigrant experience to life With unsentimentally perfect pitch American Gypsy reveals how Marafioti adjusted to her new life in America one slice of processed cheese at a time

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