Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes

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A postmodern family saga by one of America’s freshest literary voices

Upon landing at Ellis Island in 1903, Esther and Hersh Lipshitz discover their son Reuven is missing. The child is never found, and decades later, Esther becomes convinced that the famous aviator Charles Lindbergh is her lost boy. Esther’s manic obsession spirals out of control, leaving far-reaching effects on the entire Lipshitz lineage. In the present, we meet T Cooper—the last living Lipshitz—who struggles to make sense of all that came before him and what legacy he might leave behind.

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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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Mar 16, 2006
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“This is a ‘people’s history’ with tongue in cheek, delightfully funny, imaginative, but with a subtle undertone of seriousness. I enjoyed it immensely.”
--HOWARD ZINN, author of A People’s History of the United States

Original stories & artwork by:
Daniel Alarcon, Amy Bloom, Kate Bornstein, Alexander Chee, T Cooper, Keith Knight, Ron Kovic, Paul La Farge, Felicia Luna Lemus, Adam Mansbach, Valerie Miner, Tommy O’Malley, Neal Pollack, David Rees, Sarah Schulman, Darin Strauss, and Benjamin Weissman.

History is distorted the moment it's recorded--and in these politically dishonest times, challenging the stories we're told is more important than ever. In this groundbreaking anthology of original fiction, a diverse group of America's best writers takes on the task of creating counter-narratives to mainstream American history. Here are some of the moments and the people left out of the textbooks. Here is what else happened--on the margins of American life, and in between the lines of our history books.

A Fictional History of the United States with Huge Chunks Missing brings together an eclectic array of celebrated authors and cartoonists to create a patchwork, anecdotal history of this complicated country. From the Chinese discovery of America in 1426 to the new McCarthyism of a post-9-11 world, this collection recasts everything from the moon landing to the Lindbergh kidnapping, westward expansion to the sexual proclivities of Civil War officers. Riveting, inventive, and politically vital, this anthology picks up--and yanks on--America's supposed commitment to seeking the truth . . . even if that truth is revealed in fiction.

T Cooper is the author of the novels Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes (Dutton) and Some of the Parts (Akashic). T lives in New York City. For more information visit

Adam Mansbach is the author of the novels Angry Black White Boy (Crown), Shackling Water (Doubleday), and the forthcoming The End of the Jews (Spiegel & Grau/Doubleday). He lives in Berkeley, California. For more information visit

Bringing together contributions by scholars from the United States, Canada, and Europe, this work deals with the literary and artistic productions of the French Second Empire and the Third Republic along with their historical ramifications. The writers and artists whose works are analyzed here sought in highly self-conscious ways to revolutionize the traditional practices of their art, at times looking to the future for their inspiration and at times seeking it in the past. This collection attempts to elucidate this experimentation and its cultural implications.
The first set of essays, under the heading "Fins-de-siecle," examines works by Huysmans, Villiers de l'isle-Adam, Jules Verne, and Rachilde. Focusing on such matters as gender, technology and its impact on aesthetico-philosophical problems, irony, and the definition of modernism, these studies point out provocative parallels between the end of the last century and those of our own so-called postmodern times.
The second group of essays derives its unity not from the study of a single genre, but from a common interest in voice and dialogue. From an analysis of the prophetic utterances that link the texts in Flaubert's Trois contes to an examination of the connections between Baudelaire's and Gautier's writings on makeup and art, each essay here underscores the importance of dialogism and context.
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Selected from papers presented at the fifteenth annual Colloquium in Nineteenth-Century French Studies held at the University of New Hampshire in 1989, these essays reflect not only the broad spectrum of interests that characterizes contemporary scholarly endeavor, but also the diversity of theoretical views and critical approaches that is the hallmark of late twentieth-century scholarship.
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