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Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes
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T Cooper is the author of the novel Some of the Parts (2002), and editor of the short story collection Fictional History of the United States with Huge Chunks Missing (2006). T's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Believer, Poets & Writers, and Out, among several other publications and anthologies. T holds an MFA in writing from Columbia University and lives in New York City.

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Poor Esther Lipshitz. She's decided that Charles Lindbergh is the little boy she lost years ago at Ellis Island. Flash forward to 2002 and a character named T Cooper, the last living Lipshitz, who must deal with the family legacy. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Cooper performs the unparalleled feat of addressing white rappers, Jewish heritage freaks and Charles Lindbergh fans with her second novel (after Some of the Parts). The story begins in 1907, when Esther and Hersh Lipshitz inexplicably lose their blond boy, Reuven, while disembarking at Ellis Island. They are fleeing the pogroms of czarist Russia and are headed for Amarillo, Tex., where Esther's brother Avi lives. An indifferent mother, Esther gradually comes to believe that Reuven is, somehow, Charles Lindbergh. The last third of the novel jumps from Esther's death to a gender-bending, self-reflexive coda. A male narrator and stalled novelist named T Cooper is working in New York as an Eminem-enamored DJ for bar mitzvah parties when his parents die in a bizarre car accident. T's reluctant return to Amarillo to oversee the funeral and the estate rekindles his interest in writing about his grandmother Miriam (Esther's daughter). Cooper the author bridges the obvious chasm between the atmosphere of Esther's story and the attitude of the coda by reaching out to a larger history. She takes apart the usual Jewish heritage tale and the themes of assimilation, touching them with both postmodern parody and Chagallesque folk magic. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Unusual and avowedly postmodern . . . [A] compelling story. (The New York Times)

Rich characters and unforgettable scenes . . . This [is] one strange, funny story. (The Dallas Morning News) [T CooperAEs] talent lies in [her] ability to capture the endlessly complex nature of families and their shared memories. (The Washington Post)

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