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5″ x 8″ Paperback 262 pages
Writers’ Block ISBN: 978-0963416797
Family Relations / Jewish Humor
My Father Who Is Not In Heaven is a family memoir laced with vodka and Jewish wit. Between the punch lines reality intrudes and exposes family secrets. The chapters zigzag between the author’s account of life, growing up in a cohesive Jewish extended family, and her father’s irreverent humor. She is the dutiful daughter, brought up to be nice above all else, looking back to chronicle the death throes of a doomed male chauvinist culture. He is the explosive protagonist whose excess and excitability kept everyone around him on high alert.
Pat Adler lives in Berkeley, California. Her stories have appeared in The Berkeley Insider, BARk, and in the Kensington Ladies’ three books, Ladies’ Own Erotica (1984), Look Homeward Erotica (1986), and Sex, Death, and Other Distractions (2002). Adler Grew up in the ‘50s and attended the Katherine Delmar Burke School for Girls in San Francisco, followed by two years at Radcliffe College. Then she graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1963 and set out to teach high school history. Later she found her niche as a kindergarten and pre-kindergarten teacher. Her two children were born in Boston and Phoenix during her husband’s medical training. When she resettled in the Berkeley area, she began cartooning, writing creative non-fiction, and joined the Kensington Ladies’ Erotica Society.
“Patricia Adler does something remarkable in this memoir: She weaves together the wonderful old Jewish jokes she was raised on, while capturing the deeper meaning of humor—the darkness it attempts to both explain and hide. Like her father whose voice we hear throughout the book, Pat is a fabulous storyteller, describing the explosiveness and hurt, the anger and love, that, along with the humor, made up the complexity of her family’s life.”
—Wendy Lichtman, author of Secrets, Lies, and Algebra