At the end of what is (she cannot help observing) an extraordinary
life, Elisabeth Rother has decided to write her memoirs. She
brushes aside her narrow escape with her Jewish husband from the
Nazis, and the perilous voyage to the New World of New Jersey. The
subject that really consumes her is the waywardness of her
impossible daughter, Renate, and her granddaughter, Irene. Renate
performs autopsies on the bodies of politicians whom death has
harvested in the nighttime arms of their mistresses. Worse, she
sleeps on unironed sheets. Irene drops out of school to roam the
world, refuses to correct her nose with plastic surgery, and shows
alarming signs of enjoying sex. What is to be done with such women?
A curiously touching love letter to the difficult but sustaining
love of mothers and daughters, "The Empress of Weehawken "is a
masterpiece of comedy with an unexpected lilt of redemption at its
Farrar Straus Giroux
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||Hardcover - Unsewn / adhesive bound / Paper over boards / With dust jacket
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