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Blow your house down : a story of family, feminism, and treason / Gina Frangello.

Frangello, Gina, (author.).

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  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Crookston Public Library 921 FRA (Text) 33500013384847 New Available -
Thief River Falls Public Library 921 FRA (Text) 35500006456592 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781640093164
  • ISBN: 1640093168
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: Berkeley, California : Counterpoint Press, 2021.

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"Gina Frangello is a long-married fortysomething devoted mom when her life is turned upside down by the sudden death of her closest friend. Worn down from years of caregiving both her elderly parents and three kids, Gina starts to interrogate her own mortality and what she once longed for as a younger woman : a kind of sexual, romantic and artistic intensity radically at odds with her comfortable but emotionally stagnant marriage. Falling into a passionate affair with a writer/musician, Gina begins living a shocking double life while continuing to outwardly project the image of having a "perfect family." As her parallel worlds begin to dangerously intersect, she makes the risky choice to leave her marriage and security in order to take a chance at finally becoming fully herself, midlife. However, when only months into her separation, Gina is diagnosed with breast cancer, her father dies, her divorce grows increasingly contentious and menacing, and her lover falls into a deep clinical depression, an inevitable breaking point approaches, revealing the irrevocable stakes of giving up everything for love, as well as what it means to be a woman in the contemporary American landscape. Examining pivotal moments in a complex family system about to implode, Blow Your House Down is about what happens when a woman who has been very good at playing all the roles society expects of her suddenly refuses to continue being the person her family and friends think they know. In a note from the author to her writing group, she wrote: "If we are all supposed to write the book we most need to read, then this is the book I wish I had had in front of me during the years my marriage was falling apart, the years I gave everything in me to my ailing parents and young children and angry husband until there seemed nothing left, the years I began a wildly selfish and euphoric affair that seemed to save me, the years I decided to leave my marriage but leaving ended up looking nothing like escape and instead like the end of the world, and the years that I was sick and in pain and having body parts removed at the speed of light and not knowing whether illness would destroy any new beginning I had fought so hard to find. This is the book I was so hungrily looking for, with all its brutality and grief and guilt and desire but didn't find. I hold in my head a woman who needs this book to save her own life.""-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 March #1
    In this raw, red-hot memoir, novelist and editor Frangello's (Every Kind of Wanting, 2016) in-your-face starting point is the fact that she has committed adultery. She both indicts and defends herself, giving readers—her "ladies and gentlemen of the jury"—an intimate view of her first marriage and the all-encompassing affair that ends it and leads to her second. But Frangello's deeper aim is to address the steep price women pay in a patriarchal society in terms of biased stigma and impaired health and well-being whether they abide by or transgress its rules. Her evidence includes the sad story of her deeply loved parents' dysfunctional marriage and often-harrowing details of relationships she observed growing up in a low-income Chicago neighborhood. She shares her experiences as a wife, mother, parental caregiver, literary professional, and medical patient, of a woman who paints within the lines, until she vividly, wildly doesn't. How fulfilled is a woman allowed to be? In this gutsy, dramatic feminist manifesto, Frangello recounts the cost of eschewing security to choose the utter necessity of love, of being more tomorrow than she is today. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 March #1
    In this raw, red-hot memoir, novelist and editor Frangello's (Every Kind of Wanting, 2016) in-your-face starting point is the fact that she has committed adultery. She both indicts and defends herself, giving readers—her "ladies and gentlemen of the jury"—an intimate view of her first marriage and the all-encompassing affair that ends it and leads to her second. But Frangello's deeper aim is to address the steep price women pay in a patriarchal society in terms of biased stigma and impaired health and well-being whether they abide by or transgress its rules. Her evidence includes the sad story of her deeply loved parents' dysfunctional marriage and often-harrowing details of relationships she observed growing up in a low-income Chicago neighborhood. She shares her experiences as a wife, mother, parental caregiver, literary professional, and medical patient, of a woman who paints within the lines, until she vividly, wildly doesn't. How fulfilled is a woman allowed to be? In this gutsy, dramatic feminist manifesto, Frangello recounts the cost of eschewing security to choose the utter necessity of love, of being more tomorrow than she is today. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Gina Frangello is the author of Every Kind of Wanting, A Life in Men, Slut Lullabies, and My Sister's Continent. Her short fiction, essays, book reviews, and journalism have been published in Ploughshares, The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, Fence, Five Chapters, Prairie Schooner, Chicago Reader, and many other publications.

Subject: Frangello, Gina.
Authors, American > 21st century > Biography.
Authors, American > 21st century > Family relationships.
Marriage > United States.
Adultery > United States.
Cancer > Patients > United States.
Adultery.
Authors, American.
Authors, American > Family relationships.
Cancer > Patients.
Marriage.
United States.
Genre: Biographies.

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