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The Resource Blow your house down : a story of family, feminism, and treason, Gina Frangello

Blow your house down : a story of family, feminism, and treason, Gina Frangello

Label
Blow your house down : a story of family, feminism, and treason
Title
Blow your house down
Title remainder
a story of family, feminism, and treason
Statement of responsibility
Gina Frangello
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Gina Frangello is a long-married fortysomething devoted mom when her life is turned upside down by the sudden death of her closest friend. Worn down from years of caregiving both her elderly parents and three kids, Gina starts to interrogate her own mortality and what she once longed for as a younger woman : a kind of sexual, romantic and artistic intensity radically at odds with her comfortable but emotionally stagnant marriage. Falling into a passionate affair with a writer/musician, Gina begins living a shocking double life while continuing to outwardly project the image of having a "perfect family." As her parallel worlds begin to dangerously intersect, she makes the risky choice to leave her marriage and security in order to take a chance at finally becoming fully herself, midlife. However, when only months into her separation, Gina is diagnosed with breast cancer, her father dies, her divorce grows increasingly contentious and menacing, and her lover falls into a deep clinical depression, an inevitable breaking point approaches, revealing the irrevocable stakes of giving up everything for love, as well as what it means to be a woman in the contemporary American landscape. Examining pivotal moments in a complex family system about to implode, Blow Your House Down is about what happens when a woman who has been very good at playing all the roles society expects of her suddenly refuses to continue being the person her family and friends think they know. In a note from the author to her writing group, she wrote: "If we are all supposed to write the book we most need to read, then this is the book I wish I had had in front of me during the years my marriage was falling apart, the years I gave everything in me to my ailing parents and young children and angry husband until there seemed nothing left, the years I began a wildly selfish and euphoric affair that seemed to save me, the years I decided to leave my marriage but leaving ended up looking nothing like escape and instead like the end of the world, and the years that I was sick and in pain and having body parts removed at the speed of light and not knowing whether illness would destroy any new beginning I had fought so hard to find. This is the book I was so hungrily looking for, with all its brutality and grief and guilt and desire but didn't find. I hold in my head a woman who needs this book to save her own life.""--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Frangello, Gina
Dewey number
  • 813/.6
  • B
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Frangello, Gina
  • Authors, American
  • Authors, American
  • Marriage
  • Adultery
  • Cancer
Label
Blow your house down : a story of family, feminism, and treason, Gina Frangello
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Aperture. The story of A -- Affair. Death's monkeysphere ; Substitute beauty ; The counterevidence of love ; Embers ; What women do -- Aftermath. Blow your house down ; Big blonde ; The summer of light and dark ; A short dictionary of mutually understood words ; Blood moon -- Affliction. Two Ophelias ; The cartographers: fifty meditations
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First hardcover edition.
Extent
320 pages
Isbn
9781640093164
Lccn
2020015730
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • on1159603490
  • 721006
  • (OCoLC)1159603490
Label
Blow your house down : a story of family, feminism, and treason, Gina Frangello
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Aperture. The story of A -- Affair. Death's monkeysphere ; Substitute beauty ; The counterevidence of love ; Embers ; What women do -- Aftermath. Blow your house down ; Big blonde ; The summer of light and dark ; A short dictionary of mutually understood words ; Blood moon -- Affliction. Two Ophelias ; The cartographers: fifty meditations
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First hardcover edition.
Extent
320 pages
Isbn
9781640093164
Lccn
2020015730
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • on1159603490
  • 721006
  • (OCoLC)1159603490

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