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Cover by Brian O'Connor
Trade paper -- 176 pp.
ISBN-10:  0-938513-17-6
ISBN-13:  978-0-938513-17-9

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ANCESTRAL NOTES
A FAMILY DREAM JOURNAL
by Zelda Leah Gatuskin

A collection of dream journal entries, poems, essays, short stories, and a drama; based on the author's investigations into, and her feelings about her family history and cultural identity. She explores the themes of Jewish spirituality, shtetl life in Europe, immigration to the USA, men's and women's traditional roles. Repeated references to spirits convey the sense that this inquiry is not only guided but demanded by ancestral souls. The book is illustrated with nine original collages by the author.

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With a deceptively simple yet strong voice, Gatuskin explores and celebrates what it means to be a Jew, to be a woman, and to be a member of the human race.
--ANNE BARNEY, author
As I began to read this work the shade of Franz Kafka fell across my shoulder, soon to be merged with the shades of Dostoyevsky, of Sholem Aleichem, and a myriad of my own memories dancing and grieving with those of the author. As I read on I wanted to bow before the author and kiss her feet. I wanted to weep with her and her ancestors. In the next moment I wanted to laugh with her in a triumph of the spirit over grief and pain. I put on her sister's clothes, but the door to the crematorium was shut to me, for I am not worthy. No other work I have ever read has had such an effect on me.
--William J. Turner, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry
State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY

A chronicle of personal awakening...Here is a joyful, insightful, poignant, tough-minded celebration of the individual self as a swirling complexity of genetics, random chance and divine and earth-bound humor.
-- THE JEWISH VOICE, Wilmington, DE

Read more about ANCESTRAL NOTES and view several of the collages in full color
at Margin, Exploring Modern Magical Realism.
Go to Zelda's Feature at Margin.

Read a review by Michelle Combs at Sime-Gen.com.


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