Fort Greene store:
Wednesday, July 19, 7:30 PM
Jessica Berger Gross presents Estranged: Leaving Family and Finding Home
In conversation with Sari Botton
Wine reception to follow
Jessica Berger Gross presents her book Estranged, a powerful memoir reminiscent of Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle. To outsiders, Jessica Berger Gross's childhood--growing up in a "nice" Jewish family in middle class Long Island--seemed as wholesomely American as any other. But behind closed doors, Jessica suffered years of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her father, whose mood would veer unexpectedly from loving to violent. At the age of twenty-eight, still reeling from the trauma but emotionally dependent on her dysfunctional family, Jessica made the anguished decision to cut ties with them entirely. Told in a careful, unflinching, and forthright prose, Estranged reframes how we think about family, the past, estrangement, and triumph. Gross presents her memoir in conversation with Sari Botton, writer and editor of the anthology Goodbye to All That. A wine reception follows the discussion.