A Mother's Kisses

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University of Chicago Press, 1964 - Fiction - 286 pages
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A Mother's Kisses is the story of Joseph, a tall, scattered looking boy of seventeen and his wonderfully indomitable mother, Meg, who is resolved, in the summer after her son's high-school graduation to start arranging his life for him, even going so far as to accompany him to college. A work of roaring comedy and emotional honesty, A Mother's Kisses is a classic of modern fiction.
 

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LJ's reviewer described Friedman's 1964 farce as a "hugely entertaining, insightful novel" that tells the over-the-top story of a boy's relationship with his clingy, embarrassing mother who wants to ... Read full review

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So fifty years on it still makes me laugh. Was my mother like Meg not really but I can see traces of her and the world I grew up in. I have read the hardcover version I got as a library remainder every ten years or so. I read and remember a vanished world of promise and Jewish liberation
Fort hose who knew the 50s and 60s no matter who you are and where you came from if you are male you are or where close to Joseph.
Nothing today can depict tea age angst like this book.
 

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
9
Section 3
17
Section 4
26
Section 5
49
Section 6
70
Section 7
89
Section 8
110
Section 12
155
Section 13
160
Section 14
183
Section 15
191
Section 16
202
Section 17
209
Section 18
223
Section 19
228

Section 9
123
Section 10
129
Section 11
147
Section 20
252
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Bruce Jay Friedman is the author of seven novels (including The Dick, Stern, and A Mother's Kisses), four collections of short stories, a number of plays-among them Scuba Duba and Steambath-and screenplays for the movies Splash and Stir Crazy.

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