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The Resource Basic black with pearls, Helen Weinzweig ; afterword by Sarah Weinman

Basic black with pearls, Helen Weinzweig ; afterword by Sarah Weinman

Label
Basic black with pearls
Title
Basic black with pearls
Statement of responsibility
Helen Weinzweig ; afterword by Sarah Weinman
Creator
Contributor
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"A brilliant, lost feminist classic that is equal parts domestic drama and international intrigue. Shirley Kaszenbowski, nee Silverberg, is a middle-aged, middle-class woman in a Holt Renfrew tweed coat, a basic black dress, and a strand of real pearls. She may seem ordinary enough, pricing silk scarves at Eaton's or idling in hotel coffee shops, but in fact she is searching for her lover. He is an elusive figure, a man connected with "The Agency," a powerful technocrat who may or may not have suggested a rendezvous based on a secret code in the National Geographic. Her search takes her to the world of her past as a Jewish immigrant in the Spadina-Dundas area of Toronto. She finds the bakeries and rooming houses of her youth still haunted by survivors of postwar Europe and by her own memories of guilt and loss, while the consolations of art, opera, and pornography offer only echoes of her own illusions and desires. Her strange, wryly funny odyssey ends in a dramatic confrontation scene with her husband and "the other woman," as she trades in her basic black for another chance. In Basic Black with Pearls, Weinzweig displays her gift for creating sympathetic characters in a slightly surreal, but always recognizable world"--
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Summary
An everyday average looking middle aged women searches for her lover in Toronto, trying to find him through a 'secret code' left in the National Geographic, while she also revists her past and consols herself with distractions.
Writing style
Award
Toronto Book Awards, 1981.
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Provided by publisher
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145959
Cataloging source
DLC
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1915-
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Weinzweig, Helen
Dewey number
823/.912
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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Weinman, Sarah
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True
Series statement
NYRB classics
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  • Middle-aged women
  • Jews
  • Man-woman relationships
  • Self-perception
  • Toronto (Ont.)
Target audience
adult
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Label
Basic black with pearls, Helen Weinzweig ; afterword by Sarah Weinman
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
First published in 1980
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
156 pages
Isbn
9781681372167
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2017045337
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)995129375
Label
Basic black with pearls, Helen Weinzweig ; afterword by Sarah Weinman
Publication
Copyright
Note
First published in 1980
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
156 pages
Isbn
9781681372167
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2017045337
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)995129375

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