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"A sexy tale celebrating the strength and creativity we inherit from our mothers" (Glamour), Inventing Memory is Erica Jong's mesmerizing, beautifully written saga of modern womanhood and the struggle for freedom, vividly brought to life through four generations of remarkable mothers and daughters.With more than 22 million copies of her blockbuster books sold worldwide, no"A sexy tale celebrating the strength and creativity we inherit from our mothers" (Glamour), Inventing Memory is Erica Jong's mesmerizing, beautifully written saga of modern womanhood and the struggle for freedom, vividly brought to life through four generations of remarkable mothers and daughters.With more than 22 million copies of her blockbuster books sold worldwide, novelist, poet, and essayist Erica Jong has been stirring the passions of readers for 25 years, giving voice to contemporary women and the issues that define their lives. From her controversial classic Fear of Flying to her acclaimed Fear of Fifty, legions of fans trust her for witty, innovative, gutsy writing. Now comes her most ambitious and satisfying novel yet.Spanning a hundred years, Inventing Memory captures the whole of the twentieth century through four unforgettable women whose stories come alive through Sara, the youngest. A single mother working on an extraordinary research project, Sara carefully excavates the lives of her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother to understand the roots of her own identity. Drawn to these women, she discovers the power and passion that is her matriarchal birthright, and learns the meaning and substance of her exceptional family and the legacy she will pass to her daughter.Rich ... brimming with trenchant observations about the eternal man -- woman thing". -- New York Times Book Review...

Title : Inventing Memory
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ISBN : 9780061091803
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 368 Pages
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Inventing Memory Reviews

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-26 23:00

    Although I couldn't see myself in any of the generations of women in this book, they were realistic and I could believe everything. Very interesting. It reminds me of why I love Erica Jong.

  • Mariah
    2019-04-21 16:11

    In Inventing Memory, Jong weaves an epic of four generations of independent and creative Jewish women. Fleeing the pogroms of Russia, Sarah Solomon immigrates to New York City, and becomes a professional artist. Her daughter Salome is a flapper who parties in Paris, only to return home as the Depression hits to uncover secrets of her past. Salome's daughter Sally rises to stardom as a celebrated folksinger of the 1960's. But she can't take the pressures of fame, and descends into alcoholism and obscurity.Her daughter in turn, Sara avoids the excesses of her mother and grandmother and focuses on her career as a historian. Working in the archives of the Council on Jewish History, she finds a photograph of a woman she believes to be her great-grandmother, Sarah. And so the family saga comes full circle. The story is told through both direct narration by the characters as well as letters and journal entries, which gives an interesting variety and adds texture. Jong sometimes alternates perspectives and time periods, but I didn't find it hard to follow. The prose was richly descriptive, passionate and often filled with wise and poignant observations about the meaning of life, family relationships and Jewish identity.

  • Amelia
    2019-04-23 21:06

    I had a lot more fun writing mean things about this book in my blog than I did reading it. But I finished it so that I could write mean things!Whatever. This wasn't a total loss, because I like it when I read something and have lots to say about it. That doesn't always happen. So, two stars instead of one.Now go read the mean things I wrote!

  • Lucy
    2019-04-20 23:17

    This book tells the story of four generations of Jewish women. The first leaves Russia during a pogrom, the second is a flapper during the 20's in Paris, the third is a famous folk singer in the 60's, and the fourth is a historian researching her family history, which is how we learn about all of the others. It's a story of relationships and of history and how they intertwine.

  • Gerry
    2019-03-31 16:15

    A fictional Jewish family memoir (subtitled A Novel of Mothers and Daughters) begins with a gripping description of an infant’s death as he is pressed against his mother’s breast while she and others hide from Cossacks, and continues through the wrenching “differences” between mothers and daughters over the decades in America. So many quotables, I may purchase it just to pass along to Dana at some point , but I guess she’s too young right now. One favorite: “Mothers and daughters -- it’s a comedy, but also a tragedy. We fill our daughters with all the chutzpah we wish for ourselves. We want them to be free as we were not. And then we resent them for being so free. We resent them for being what we have made! With granddaughters, it’s so much easier. And great-granddaughters.”

  • Julia
    2019-04-05 15:14

    Another book about the complicated Mother-Daughter relationship. This book delves into a strange phenomena that I have experienced with my mother...each generation wants their daughter to have more freedom, more opportunity, and more choices, yet in the end the mother often grows resentful of her daughter who has had those choices, opportunities and freedoms that she did not have. Instead of being proud, the mother cannot identify with her daughter and a rift forms.

  • Oleta
    2019-04-05 16:16

    Like her views on mother/daughter/grandmother relationshops. So many ways of veiwing these relationships, what differnces they can make in our lives, if they existed or uf they are lacking. How would my grandmother, mother and I have been differnt if my great grandmother hadn't died when my grandmother was a small child? So many of us have so little information about the women whose dna we share.

  • Susan Brochin
    2019-04-09 17:14

    I miss Erica Jong. It has been too long since I was graced by her beautiful writing. There were many familiar characters and settings in this book, many of them way more career driven and political than I have in my lineage. The Yiddish was colorful and after 50 plus years I now know what "kine hora " means and it is not at all whatI had guessed as a child.

  • Adrienne
    2019-04-23 19:06

    I got completely absorbed in all of the characters lives... Jong goes through 5 generations of Jewish-American womyn weaving in culture, history and relationships. This book has moments of Jong's creative sexuality as in Fear of Flying, but because it also packs so much more in, it's a book for everyone...

  • Laurie
    2019-04-09 16:07

    Erica Jong is known as a feminist writer. In my mind, though, she simply writes stories from a woman's point of view. This one explores how woman balance their need for career success with their need for loving relationships, particularly those between mothers and daughters.

  • Muriel McLemore
    2019-04-12 21:09

    Enjoyable account of 4 generations of women and their influence on each other across the generations through their Jewish heritage, their strengths and weaknesses, as well as their chosen forms of artistic expression.

  • Alex
    2019-04-19 22:18

    I must be not getting something about Jong here, since people write essays on this book whereas I can only come up with a one-liner, but to me this reads like a bad soft-porn pastiche of Lyudmila Ulitskaya.

  • Julie
    2019-04-18 19:02

    I've read other Erica Jong books which I loved. This one... not so much. I am not sure why, but it just didn't grab me at all.

  • Linda Robinson
    2019-04-01 18:04

    "Lucretia had the soul of a headwaiter - at your feet or at your throat." ~ Sarah/Sophia Levitsky.Yum.

  • Arlene
    2019-04-03 22:04

    A lot of good wisdom

  • Winston Brown
    2019-04-04 15:56

    Jewish four generations settling in America. Very Good.

  • Eliana
    2019-04-18 15:12

    Beautifully gifted artist writer with a wry yet good humored, worldview and a penchant for adventure!

  • Verity
    2019-04-18 16:54


  • Judy
    2019-04-19 19:01

    I ended up not reading this book, but flipping through it just so I knew what happened to each character. The first character was great, but it fell away after that.

  • Mammabird
    2019-04-04 20:52

    Excellent prose with interweaving tales. Enjoyed it completely

  • Sario Lawrence
    2019-03-24 17:04

    Boring chased by slutty sensationalism. The end.

  • Valeri Beers
    2019-04-23 16:51

    Another EXCELLENT story by Erica Jong. I love how she seamlessly brings reality into her story :)