Wherever You Go, There They Are: Stories About My Family You Might Relate To

By | March 6, 2018
Wherever You Go, There They Are: Stories About My Family You Might Relate To Author Annabelle Gurwitch
ISBN-10 0399574883
ISBN-13 9780399574887
Year 2017-04-18
Pages 320
Language English
Publisher Blue Rider Press
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A hysterically funny and slyly insightful new collection of essays fromNew York Timesbestselling author Annabelle Gurwitch about her own family of scam artists and hucksters as well as the sisterhoods temporary tribes communities and cults who have become surrogates along the way When Annabelle Gurwitch was a child surrounded by a cast of epically dysfunctional relatives she secretly prayed that it was all a terrible mistake Maybe she was a long lost daughter of Joni Mitchell or the reincarnation of an ancient Egyptian princess A family of bootleggers gamblers and philanderers the Gurwitches have always been a bit vague on the ideal of a loving and supportive family Their definition includes people you can count on to borrow money from hold a grudge against or blackmail Thus began a lifetime of Annabelle seeking out surrogates If shes learned anything its that no matter how hard you try to escape a crazy family you just end up in another crazy family With a wry wit and healthy dose of irresistible self deprecation Gurwitch asks Who and what makes a family in our modern society Is it our blood relations the people we work with the people we pray with our pets Gurwitchdelves intoher Shalom Y all tribe s southern Jewish roots along with the confederacies shes joined by accident or on purpose and treats us to a glimpse of life with theater folk a band of cosplaying Furries pet people a UFO cult and secular humanist fellowships while exploring the fragility of sisterhood and the spectacularly daunting search for the community where her aging parents will spend the last chapter of their lives By turns hilarious and deeply moving Wherever You Go There They Are is a must read for anyone whos even occasionally been frustrated by the people they share carbohydrate laden meals with every year

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