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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Ciment, Jill, 1953-
Half a life.
New York : Crown, 1996
|Named Person:||Jill Ciment; Jill Ciment|
|Material Type:||Biography, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
|Description:||210 pages ; 22 cm|
|Responsibility:||by Jill Ciment.|
Middle-class Jewish suburbs to the fringe desert communities of Los Angeles, a landscape and culture so alien that their father loses the last vestiges of his sanity. Terrified and broke, he brutalizes his wife and children. When the family finally throws him out, he lives for weeks in his car at the foot of their driveway. Ms. Ciment turns herself into a girl for whom a father is unnecessary - a tough girl who will survive any way she can. She becomes a gang girl, a.
Professional forger, a crooked pollster, and a porno model. By age eighteen, she seduces and marries a man thirty years her senior - to whom she is still married. By turns comic, tragic, and heartrending, Half a Life is a bold, unsentimental portrait of the artist as a girl from nowhere, making herself up from scratch, acting out, and finally overcoming the consequences of being the child of a father incapable of love and responsibility.
- Ciment, Jill -- Childhood and youth.
- Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
- Children of the mentally ill -- California -- Los Angeles -- Biography.
- Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Social life and customs.
- Families -- California -- Los Angeles.
- Women authors, Canadian (English) -- 20th century -- Biography.
- Ciment, Jill, -- 1953- -- Enfance et jeunesse.
- Femmes écrivains canadiennes-anglaises -- 20e siècle -- Biographies.