A “charming” memoir of growing up Jewish among New Orleans high society and finding a place in the world (Winston Groom, The Wall Street Journal).
The Wolf family is Jewish but—as Peter Wolf’s grandmother put it—“not in an obvious way.” In fact, they throw lavish Christmas parties to entertain Peter’s father’s friends in the cotton business and even put up a tree. But despite their contributions, successes, and philanthropic work, the Wolfs are always excluded from New Orleans’ inner circles, elite clubs, and high-status Mardi Gras krewes.
It takes a detour to New England—where young Peter attends Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale University, and meets friends like Calvin Trillin—to put the young man in touch with his cultural roots, and an adventurous adult life beyond the Big Easy to see the corruption, insularity, and racism that lurk beneath the cultural and culinary delights of his home. With a fond heart and a clear, candid view, Wolf offers this recollection of his childhood in Metairie, Louisiana, and the unique social hierarchies of NOLA, with its old Creole families and residents both rich and poor.
A meditation on place and identity, this narrative is “a loving and beautifully written portrait of New Orleans in the 1950s and 1960s” and a look at a landscape that was shifting and disappearing even before Hurricane Katrina altered it forever (Booklist).
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Published July 9, 2013
by Delphinium Books.
Biographies & Memoirs.