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“Anyone who has had adventure of the sorrowful and sophisticated ways that human beings torment each other less than license of kin ties will get pleasure from the benefits of A.B. Yehoshua’s A past due Divorce.” —London overview of Books

a strong tale a couple of family—and a rustic —in crisis.

the daddy of 3 grown kids comes again to Israel to break up from his spouse of decades; one other girl, newly pregnant, awaits him in the United States. Narrated in flip via every one relations member—husband and spouse, sons and daughter, younger grandson—the drama builds to a crescendo on the conventional kin accumulating on Passover Eve.

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Summer days, we would bolt out our front doors at eight in the morning, and sometimes we wouldn’t return until dark was settling in, somewhere around 9:30. We spent much of our time in the woods, fighting until one side surrendered. In the middle of one such engagement, as the long dusk was fading toward night, my best 54 | Accidental Ethnography friend Eddie Hampton and I came upon a clearing in the woods. We had stumbled right into the yard of an abandoned house, set way back from a dirt road at the far edge of town.

This idea comes from the Accidental Ethnography | 47 insight that, although life is a performance, most of it is improvisational in nature. That is, we generally go about much of our lives stumbling through its various moments without a script. Many of us like to think we plan things out, but truthfully, much of our daily engagement in various life activities is spontaneous, surprising, unplanned. Knowing that, I see accidental ethnography as a willingness to surrender to the creative, imaginative, spontaneous, apparently accidental signs and impulses that surge up and, from time to time, really grip us, take hold of us, call us out and throw us down, sweep us away, and carry us to places we may not have even imagined if we had tried to lay out a straight line to our eventual discoveries.

In the end, Trujillo, through the simple act of asking for stories, through probing and searching, through examination of artifacts, through a tour through the signs left behind by his Naunny, finds the Family Secrets | 35 “many meanings” of his grandmother. He tells the rich and evocative tale of a woman, a family, a community, a world—all through the work of writing a life into a storied tribute. This world is surely a better place because of such work. Similarly, H. L. , whose father died a mysterious death in the 1970s, has written A Need to Know: The Clandestine History of a CIA Family, in which he painstakingly, imaginatively, and engagingly pieces together the strange cryptic puzzle of his father’s life and family legacy (Goodall, 2006a).

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