The Fortune Teller's Kiss


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University of Nebraska Press
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5.52 X 8.53 X 0.6 inches | 0.73 pounds
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About the Author

Brenda Serotte is a poet and an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Her poetry and prose have appeared in numerous publications, such as Atlanta Review, Kit-Kat Review, Quarter after Eight: A Journal of Prose and Commentary, and Fourth Genre, from which her chapter "Contagious" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.


"The Fortune Teller's Kiss is an eloquent brief on the transformative powers of stories, giving us permission to enter a private territory and offering the limitless interpretations to which a good memoir lends itself." --Tara Kai, Sun-Sentinel--Tara Kai"Sun-Sentinel" (05/14/2006)
"Sensitive and thought-provoking, The Fortune Teller's Kiss combines tragedy with humor to create a compelling portrait of the effects of severe illness on immigrants and their children."--Roberta Gordenstein, Multicultural Review--Roberta Gordenstein "Multicultural Review "
"Poet Serotte relives a childhood cataclysm in this culture-rich, affecting memoir, part of the American Lives literary nonfiction series. In 1954 she contracted polio, mere months before Jonas Salk perfected his vaccine-a coincidence that struck her Sephardic Jewish household as especially cruel. . . . She explores the identity that confounds her: first, her 'bouillabaisse' blood line and, later, the immobility that suspends her between 'normal' and 'special, ' as she limns her family with wry affection that doesn't blot out their flaws. The drama of Serotte's struggle to walk again, filtered through the tender emotion of youth, creates an aromatic narrative brew that reveals her destiny in riveting detail."--Publishers Weekly-- (01/02/2006)
"Poet Serotte turns to prose to recreate her childhood as a Sephardic Jew in post-WWII New York. . . . Serotte brilliantly recreates the sheer dread the very word 'polio' evoked in those pre-Jonas Salk days. Her description of her family's response to her illness is unflinching. . . . An unquestionably heroic narrative that never sounds preening or self-satisfied."--Kirkus Reviews-- (01/01/2006)
"Serotte is a marvelous storyteller, and this book, one of the American Lives Series, is a profoundly moving memoir."--Booklist--Booklist (02/15/2006)
"[A] fascinating story with scenes of great humor and deep pathos, and a beautifully written account of a life-changing experience. . . . [Serotte's] refusal to succumb to despair despite her terrifying ordeal speaks to the hope that lies within every heart, and gives this powerful book universal appeal."--Jewish Book World-- (10/05/2006)