American Gypsy: A Memoir
A vivid and funny memoir about growing up Gypsy and becoming American
What little Oksana and her sister, Roxy, know of the United States they've learned from MTV, subcategory George Michael. It doesn't quite prepare them for the challenges of immigration. Why are the glamorous Kraft Singles individually wrapped? Are the little soaps in the motels really free? How do you protect your nice new boyfriend from your opinionated father, who wants you to marry decently, within the clan?
In this affecting, hilarious memoir, Marafioti cracks open the secretive world of the Roma and brings the absurdities, miscommunications, and unpredictable victories of the immigrant experience to life. With unsentimentally perfect pitch, American Gypsy reveals how Marafioti adjusted to her new life in America, one slice of processed cheese at a time.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - readerspeak - LibraryThing
Marafioti's story is enjoyable for many reasons: It's not only about the immigrant experience, but a coming of age story too. This history of Marafioti's Romani/Armenian heritage, her elders, was ... Read full review
AMERICAN GYPSY: A MemoirUser Review - Kirkus
In this engaging immigrant memoir, first-time author Marafioti, née Kopylenko, describes with humor and introspection how the self-described "Split Nationality Disorder" she experienced growing up ... Read full review