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Now beacon, now sea : a son's memoir / Christopher Sorrentino.


"When Christopher Sorrentino's mother died in 2017, it marked the end of a journey that had begun eighty years earlier in the South Bronx. Victoria's life took her to the heart of New York's vibrant mid-century downtown artistic scene, to the sedate campus of Stanford, and finally back to Brooklyn--a journey witnessed by a son who watched, helpless, as she grew more and more isolated, distancing herself from everyone and everything she'd ever loved. In examining the mystery of his mother's life, from her dysfunctional marriage to his heedless father, the writer Gilbert Sorrentino, to her ultimate withdrawal from the world, Christopher excavates his own memories and family folklore in an effort to discover her dreams, understand her disappointments, and peel back the ways in which she seemed forever trapped between two identities: the Puerto Rican girl identified on her birth certificate as Black, and the white woman she had seemingly decided to become. Meanwhile Christopher experiences his own transformation, emerging from under his father's shadow and his mother's thumb to establish his identity as a writer and individual--one who would soon make his own missteps and mistakes. Unfolding against the captivating backdrop of a vanished New York, a city of cheap bohemian enclaves and a thriving avant-garde--a dangerous, decaying, but liberated and potentially liberating place--Now Beacon, Now Sea is a matchless portrait of the beautiful, painful messiness of life, and the transformative power of even conflicted grief" -- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781646220427
  • ISBN: 1646220420
  • Physical Description: 287 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Catapult, 2021.
Subject: Sorrentino, Christopher, 1963-
Sorrentino, Victoria.
Sorrentino, Christopher, 1963- > Family.
Sorrentino, Christopher, 1963- > Childhood and youth.
Mothers and sons > New York (State) > New York > Biography.
Dysfunctional families > New York (State) > New York > Biography.
Authors, American > 20th century > Biography.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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