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Title:
Making the skeleton dance : poems and dialogues
Author:
Garfinkel, Patricia.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : George Braziller, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
95 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780807614648
Format :
Book

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Central Library PS3557.A7153 M3 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Summary

A courageous work -- poetically, personally, and historically -- Making the Skeleton Dance chronicles the disintegration of the author's family under the insidious influence of a family secret.


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Booklist Review

Garfinkel's family has a closet full of skeletons, and she does, indeed, make them dance in this extraordinarily dramatic, albeit magnificently understated, combination of oral history and poetry. Combining excerpts from taped conversations with her mother with poems that needle the brain like the most delicate of tattoos, Garfinkel reveals her family's involvement with gangster Dutch Schultz. The outlaw nature of her childhood permeates her taut and lyrical poems as she portrays her Uncle Dixie, Schultz's notorious lawyer, her fugitive father, and her steely mother, who was arrested shortly after Garfinkel was born. While she took the witness stand, impressing everyone with her composure, a policewoman stood guard over her baby girl. Garfinkel writes of Schultz's legendary brutality without a shred of the glorification common in popular entertainment, then reveals an even darker and more terrible secret about the crimes of her family, and her legacy of lies and pain. A brave and haunting work. --Donna Seaman


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