This exceptionally original memoir, written with wry humor and a sharp satirical eye, juxtaposes popular culture with the jarring transitions and contradictions in the author's and her parents' lives. Striving to make sense of her emerging identity, she invokes TV shows, ads, movies, and distinctive details of the material and ideological landscape, while interweaving them with her parents’ harrowing wartime experiences of concentration and refugee camps, and the drama and uncertainty of their postwar emigration first to Israel, and then to Canada.
In her introduction, Ms Goodman states that "growing up, I couldn’t sleep at night, because I was racked with an inexplicable, primordial fear. I was often alarmed, or at the very least confused, by what my parents said and how they reacted. So I am a stickler for detail, gathering and ferreting to make sense, remembering and remembering, following tangents like a squirrel that traverses every limb of the tree".
Pearl Goodman, the author of Peril, was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. After graduating from the University of Toronto, she taught high school English and Dramatic Arts. She then chose to train as a psychotherapist and has now been in private practice for the past ten years. Words and the human condition have always been her passions. Peril is her first published work.
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In a five star review on Amazon the reviewer ended by stating "this is one story that I am truly honored to have been asked to read and review."
Peril: From Jackboots to Jack Benny, ISBN 978-0-9878244-
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