Book: Anita Diamant «The Last Days of Dogtown»

The Last Days of Dogtown

Производитель: "Macmillan Publishers"

The tiny rural backwater of Dogtown nestled on Cape Ann and hugging the Massachusetts coast line, is a place that is reputedly dying, but its few remaining inhabitants show an enduring spirit that keeps a small flame of life alight. For here, in this forgotten hamlet, lives a cast of dignified, yet utterly eccentric characters. Black Ruth is one of only two Africans still living in the area; she dresses as a man, speaks to no-one, and continues her craft as the local stonemason, casting love and care over the stones she hews. Mrs. Stanley is blousey, blonde and the local madam; a woman of total self-absorption, who cares nothing for her young grandson, coming of age amid the sights and sounds of a wretched rural brothel. Oliver Younger, a man with ambition, overcomes a cruel and miserable childhood to marry the woman of his dreams and create a family infused with love. At the centre of it all is Judy Rhines, a fiercely independent woman, generous and wise, but also heartbroken and lonely, whose taboo love for Cornelius, a former slave, burns at the core of her soul. Loosely based on the true story of a community,`The Last Days of Dogtown`is a rich, compassionate and compelling novel which illuminates a small, but vivid, chapter of nineteenth century America.

Издательство: "Macmillan Publishers" (2006)

ISBN: 978-0-330-44171-1

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Anita Diamant

Anita Diamant (born June 27, 1951) is an American author of fiction and non-fiction books.

She is perhaps best known for her novel "The Red Tent" which was a best-seller. She has also written several guides for Jewish people including "The New Jewish Wedding" and "Living a Jewish Life".

Early life and Education

Diamant spent her childhood in Newark, New Jersey and then moved to Denver, Colorado when she was 12 years old. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder for two years but did not complete her studies there. She transferred to Washington University in St. Louis where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature in 1973. Anita then went on to receive a Master's Degree in English from Binghamton University in 1975.

Career

Diamant started her writing career in 1975 as a freelance journalist, for which she won awards. Her articles have been published in the "Boston Globe" magazine, "Parenting" magazine, "New England Monthly", "Yankee", "Self", "Parents", "McCalls", and Ms.

She branched out into books with the release of "The New Jewish Wedding" published in 1985. Her debut as a novelist came in 1997 with "The Red Tent". She has published two further novels, "Good Harbour" and "The Last Days of Dogtown", a fictionalised account of life in a dying Cape Ann village in the early 19th century.

Diamant is also the founding president of Mayyim Hayyim: Living Waters Community Mikveh and Education Center, a community based ritual bath located in Newton, Massachusetts.

She currently lives in Boston, is married and has one grown-up daughter.

Bibliography

Fiction
* "The Red Tent" (1997)
* "Good Harbor"
* "The Last Days of Dogtown"Non-fiction
* "The New Jewish Wedding"
* "The New Jewish Baby Book"
* "Living a Jewish Life"
* "Pitching My Tent"
* "Choosing a Jewish Life"

External links

* [http://www.anitadiamant.com/ Her Home Page]
* [http://www.mayyimhayyim.org/ Mayyim Hayyim Home Page]

Источник: Anita Diamant

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