The Donigers of Great Neck: A Mythologized Memoir (The Mandel Lectures in the Humanities at Brandeis University)
“Many memories, many myths”—this is how Wendy Doniger begins the story of her parents’ origins in Europe and sharply bifurcated life in America. Recalling their contrasting attitudes toward Judaism and religion in general—and acknowledging the mythologized narratives that keep bubbling up in those recollections—Doniger tells the story of their childhoods, their unusual marriage, their life in the post–World War II Jewish enclave of Great Neck, New York, and her own complex relationship with each of them.
Praise for The Donigers of Great Neck: A Mythologized Memoir (The Mandel Lectures in the Humanities at Brandeis University)
“Whether factual or mythological, it’s a story, driven by passion, tension, and an engaging voice, that ultimately renders the Donigers vivid on the page.”
— New York Times
“If it’s true that opposites attract, then Lester and Rita Doniger’s marriage should have been a match made in heaven. It is hard to imagine two married people with more divergent backgrounds, values and personalities than Wendy Doniger’s parents. Wendy chronicles their lives and their influence on her in this fascinating memoir.”
— Washington Jewish Week