My Mother Was a Bag Lady - Josiane Behmoiras

My Mother Was a Bag Lady - Josiane Behmoiras


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My mother is a bag lady. She writes me letters on scraps of paper she has found rolling in the park. She encloses newspaper cuttings - a photo of the queen of England or a picture of an apple cake with its recipe.

When Dora and her eight-year-old daughter Josiane are arrested in France, they do not have the one franc coin that the law requires to prove they are not vagrants. To the authorities, the solution is simple. They are penniless, unwanted, itinerant and Jewish: they must be shipped to The Promised Land.

But this fresh start in Israel comes at a price. Dora's hostile neighbours are soon persecuting her openly for her foreignness and eccentricity. As she tries to make their tiny asbestos hut a home, their few possessions begin to disappear. Ostracised from their community, Dora and her daughter face the world together. But soon, Josiane must come to terms with the truth about her mother: she is losing her grip on reality.

Full of warmth, humour and heartbreak, My Mother was a Bag Lady is a portrait of an inspiring and unusual woman and a testament to a mother's selfless love.

Format: Paperback

Pages: 264

Publisher: Penguin Books

Publication Date: 2005

ISBN: 978-0-14-300533-9

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