How I Came into My Inheritance : And Other True Stories

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-04-15
  • Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books
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Dorothy Gallagher began her literary career fabricating sensational stories about celebrities for a pulp magazine whose other writers included Mario Puzo and Bruce Jay Friedman. Nothing she made up, though, could rival in color and drama the true story of her own family - Russian-immigrant Jews who lived in Washington Heights, swore allegiance to Marx and Stalin, and tried to ignore the realities of the new world in which their daughter had to make her way. Her mother tells Dorothy that the black girls who beat her up after school are the real victims. Her cousin Meyer returns to the Ukraine during the thirties and finds, to his astonishment, that the whole village is near death from starvation; still he retains his belief in Stalin's leadership. Dorothy moves into a loft on the Bowery, and her father scrounges wood for her stove from nearby vacant lots. She signs a contract for a book with a famous editor and is plunged into despair when he rejects her manuscript. Her aunt Clara is murdered in her Bronx apartment, and Dorothy is questioned by the police. These stories stand on their own - vivid, ironic, darkly funny, and completely original in style. Taken together, they create a unique, brilliantly realized world.

Author Biography

Dorothy Gallagher was born and raised in New York City, where she lives with her husband, the writer and editor Ben Sonnenberg

Table of Contents

How I Came Into My Inheritancep. 3
No One in My Family Has Ever Died of Lovep. 21
Nop. 37
Cousin Meyer's Autobiographyp. 51
Beyond the Palep. 63
Lily's Bondp. 75
An American Girlp. 91
Like Godsp. 101
Good-for-Nothingp. 111
How I Became a Writerp. 125
By the Bookp. 139
Social Historyp. 155
The Last Indianp. 167
Night Falls on Transylvaniap. 183
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