Virtual Tenement Talk – Fierce Attachments: A Daughter’s Memoir
Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 6:30 – 7:30pm ET
“My mother is an urban peasant and I am my mother’s daughter. The city is our natural element. She traverses the island easily with me. We don’t love each other on these walks, often we are raging at each other, but we walk anyway.”
Join us on November 10 for a virtual conversation about writer and critic Vivian Gornick’s classic 1987 memoir, Fierce Attachments. A story of Gornick’s relationship her with mother and their life in a Bronx tenement in the 1930s, Fierce Attachments reveals the complexity of family, politics, and literature. Livestreamed from our 1930s recreated tenement apartment, Vivian Gornick and Alexandra Schwartz of the New Yorker discuss Gornick’s life and the book’s legacy.
This program is part of our series exploring how family history and stories are passed down over generations.