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The Ladies' Gallery: A Memoir of Family Secrets
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Vintage Books
Publication date January 1, 1998
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780679745464
ISBN-10 0679745467
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.75 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $13.00
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Meditates on the allure of suicide for three generations of women in one Puerto Rican family, describing the lives of the author's grandmother and mother, her own suicide attempt, and the secrets that linked the three women. Originally titled A Message from God in the Atomic Age. Reprint. 12,500 first printing. description: Product Description: "Lolita Lebrón's granddaughter, heir to the most public female embodiment of heroic self-sacrifice in Puerto Rico in this century, [has written] a memoir full of searing, intimate truths, silences broken open to reveal the personal costs of public myth making. . . . A momentous act of courage. "
-- The Women's Review of Books

A shred of black lace. A broken hand mirror. A spidery strip of false eyelash. These are the fragments left to Irene Vilar, granddaughter of Lolita Lebrón, the revered martyr for Puerto Rican independence who in 1954 sprayed the U.S. House of Representatives with gunfire. In The Ladies' Gallery, Vilar revisits the legacy of her grandmother and that of her anguished mother, who leapt from a speeding car when Vilar was eight. Eleven years after her mother's death, Vilar awakens in a psychiatric hospital and begins to face the devastating inheritance of abandonment and suicide passed down to her from grandmother and mother.

Alternating between Vilar's notes from the psychiatric ward and the unraveling of her family's secrets, this razor-sharp memoir of three generations of Puerto Rican women is urgent, impassioned, unforgettable.

"An autobiography as fantastic as any novel. "
--Boston Globe

"Profoundly moving [and] beautifully written."
--Rosario Ferre, author of The House on the Lagoon

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With Carlin Romano (other contributor) | from Other Pr Llc (October 6, 2009); titled "The Ladies' Gallery: A Memoir of Family Secrets"
9781590513231 | details & prices | 322 pages | 5.50 × 8.75 × 1.25 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $14.95
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from Vintage Books (January 1, 1998); titled "The Ladies' Gallery: A Memoir of Family Secrets"
9780679745464 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $13.00
About: The author meditates on the allure of suicide for three generations of women in one Puerto Rican family, describing the lives of her grandmother and mother, and herself

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