A Woman of Uncertain Character
The Amorous and Radical Adventures of My Mother Jennie (who Always Wanted to Be A Respectable Jewish Mom) by Her Bastard SonBook - 2006
This memoir is about Clancy Sigal's intense attachment to his fast-talking, redhaired, sexy, unwed mother Jennie, a firebrand union organizer, and his roaring Oedipal rivalry with his mostly absent father Leo who carries a gun to social occasions. In the wide-open, violent Chicago of the Depression and war years, Jennie, in her Cuban heels and flaming lipstick, is a single mother on welfare trying to raise a wild rebellious son in a twilight world between law and lawlessness. She is defiant, vulnerable, sexually alive, high stepping, man-loving, woman-friendly, wisecracking -- fearlessly facing down hostile scabs armed with shotguns and clubs. Along with the portrait of Jennie, this book tells a rollicking, profane, and gritty tale of bottom-feeding street life, race riots, riding the rails, and what happens when a gang boy is mistakenly sent to an all-girls' high school.
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2006.
Edition: 1st Carroll & Graf ed.
Branch Call Number: B SIGAL CLANCY
Characteristics: xiii, 289 p. : ill., map ; 22 cm.