The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards

The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards


Rachel Mennies

  • 4/3/2014
  • 9780896728547
  • 978-0-896-72854-7
  • Cloth
  • 96
  • 0 lbs.10 oz.
$ 21.95


In her first poetry collection, Rachel Mennies chronicles a young womanÆs relationship with a complicated God, crafting a nuanced world that reckons with its past as much as it yearns for a new and different future. These poems celebrate ritual, love, and female sexuality; they bear witness to a dark history, and introduce us to ôour God, the / collector of stories / and bodies,ö a force somehow responsible for both death and liberation. Here, Mennies examines survival, assimilation, and intermarriage, subjects bound together by complex, if sometimes compromised, ties to the speakerÆs Judaism. Through wit and careful prosody, The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards lays bare the struggles and triumphs experienced through a teenage girlÆs coming of age, showing the reader what it means to becomeùand remainùa Jewish woman in America.

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