My Mother Was a Bag Lady

My Mother Was a Bag Lady

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When Dora and her eight-year-old daughter Josiane are arrested in France, they do not have the one franc coin that the law requires to prove they are not vagrants. To the authorities, the solution is simple. They are penniless, unwanted, itinerant and Jewish: they must be shipped to The Promised Land. But this fresh start in Israel comes at a price. Dora's hostile neighbours are soon persecuting her openly for her foreignness and eccentricity. As she tries to make their tiny asbestos hut a home, their few possessions begin to disappear. Ostracised from their community, Dora and her daughter face the world together. But soon, Josiane must come to terms with the truth about her mother: she is losing her grip on reality. Full of warmth, humour and heartbreak, My Mother was a Bag Lady is a portrait of an inspiring and unusual woman and a testament to -- a mother's selfless love.
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  • Paperback | 276 pages
  • 128 x 197 x 21mm | 260g
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • 0143005332
  • 9780143005339

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Josiane Behmoiras was born in Paris in 1953 and migrated to Israel in 1961 with her mother. After leaving school at 15, she worked in a diamond factory and later studied painting and cinema before going on to direct documentaries with Israeli Television. She moved to Australia in 1985, where she held a range of unskilled jobs before taking up textile and fashion design. Having started writing in English in the late nineties, in 2004 she completed an MA in creative writing at the University of Melbourne. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and daughter.
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