Leaving Long Island is the story of a woman whose life experience includes the loss of a child, the end of a long marriage, and the discovery of a genetic inheritance endemic to the Ashkenazi Jewish population. This is a second-half-of-life memoir without a sensational theme of surviving molestation, substance abusive or captivity, but a dead-true depiction of an ordinary life of both pain and happy second chances.
About the Author
Fern Kupfer was born in the Bronx, moved with her family to suburban Long Island in the mid-1950s, and to Ames, Iowa, where she currently lives.
Fern Kupfer’s work has appeared in Newsweek, Redbook, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, The Women’s Review of Books, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Parents and Cosmopolitan magazines. She recently retired from Iowa State University where she taught creative writing.
For more than a decade, her popular column “Mothering” and “A Certain Age” appeared regularly in the Long Island newspaper Newsday. She was the recipient for the Myrtle Wreath Award by the Nassau County Hadassah, the largest women’s philanthropy in the nation.
Praise for Fern Kupfer’s Other Books
Before and After Zachariah
“A heart-rending account of courage and love.”
“Warm and funny and filled with the essence of life . . . What a pleasure this novel of women and marriage is!”
“An altogether satisfying book…”
Surviving the Seasons
“Nostalgic and elegiac . . . reading Surviving the Seasons is the equivalent of listening to Walter Huston sing “September Song.
The New York Times Book Review
“Unflinching truth and irreverent fun . . . a treat.”
Mary Kay Blakely
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ISBN 978-1-105-53587-1 (for paperback version)
Copyright: Fern Kupfer (Standard Copyright License)
Edition: First English Edition
Publisher: Culicidae Press, LLC
Published July 8, 2012 in three different versions (paperback, a case wrap hard cover, and a hard cover with a slip jacket)
Binding: Varies by version
Interior Ink: Black & white
Weight: varies by version, but about 1 lbs.
Dimensions (inches): varies by version but paper size is 6.0 wide × 9.0 tall