Celia, a young Jewish girl, grows up surrounded by her three spinster aunts, a mother who never stands up for her, and cruel cousins. As she approaches adolescence, Celia is haunted by experiences of childhood emotional and sexual abuse. She’s confused about her sexuality—and her self-identity.
Celia, a young Jewish girl, grows up surrounded by her three spinster
aunts, a mother who never stands up for her, and cruel cousins. As she
approaches adolescence, Celia is haunted by experiences of childhood
emotional and sexual abuse. She’s confused about her sexuality—and
Celia eventually realizes she must leave her family far behind if she
wants to forget the dysfunctional lessons they unwittingly taught her.
She moves cross country to the West Coast, becoming first a children’s
librarian and then a social worker. And with enduring naivety, she
embarks on a series of relationships leading up to her marriage to a
nice, if dispassionate, Jewish man.
Throughout, Celia sees several therapists, including the woman who makes
a pass at her and the handsome German gentile with whom she builds an
In midlife Celia finally reaches a place where her happiness does not
originate in relationships with others.
The sometimes blunt and often tongue-in-cheek narrative of her journey
from timidity to confusion to new discoveries will appeal to anyone who
is traveling the difficult road toward self-actualization.
Excerpted from "Jewish American Prig" by Edith Stone. Copyright © 2015 by Edith Stone. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Excerpts are provided solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.
Edith Stone grew up in Rochester, NY which is in western New York and not like New York City. She got her AB from Boston University and her first MA in Library Science at Simmons College in Boston. She lived in San Francisco for five years where she married and had two children. Her husband completed his Ph.D. degree in Jerusalem, Israel where Edith worked as a librarian and mothered her two boys. She got her second MA in Social Work from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. She currently lives and writes in Shreveport, LA.
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