Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes
In Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes, author T Cooper details the peculiar history of the Lipshitz family, refugees who narrowly escape the 1903 pogroms of Russia. Upon landing at Ellis Island, Esther and Hersh Lipshitz discover their atypically blond-haired, blue-eyed son Reuven is missing. After a yearlong search for the young boy in New York City, the Lipshitz family relocates to Texas, joining a relative already living in the the state's dusty panhandle. Over two decades, Esther ponders the fate of her lost son, and when she first sees a photograph of the equally blond and blue-eyed Charles Lindbergh after his 1927 transatlantic flight, she becomes convinced that the aviator is her grown son Reuven, now grown. Esther's obsession with Lindbergh (Reuven?) leaves far-reaching and insidious effects on the entire Lipshitz lineage.In 2002 in New York City, we meet thrity-year-old T Cooper - the last living Lipshitz, who has recently received in the mail a box from his estranged mother. In it, he finds clippings, photographs, and letters related to Charles Lindbergh and his family, all once carefully preserved by T's great-grandmother Esther. When T is forced back to Texas to bury his suddenly deceased parents, he finds himself the sole inheritor of a family history filled with loose ends, factual errors, and decidedly maniacal behavior. An ex-literary golden boy with a thriving a career as a bar mitzvah entertainer who impersonates the rapper Eminem, T rages against the world in a struggle to make at least some sense of all that came before him, and - in light of his wife's persistent desire to have a baby - what legacy he might leave behind.
- Hardback | 434 pages
- 157.5 x 231.1 x 38.1mm | 657.72g
- 16 Mar 2006
- Dutton Books
- United States