Time's Tapestry: Four Generations of a New Orleans Family by Leta Weiss MarksTime's Tapestry: Four Generations of a New Orleans Family by Leta Weiss Marks

Time's Tapestry: Four Generations of a New Orleans Family

byLeta Weiss Marks

Hardcover | January 12, 1997

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More than 40 years after leaving her native New Orleans as a bride, Leta Weiss Marks awakened to the realization that her past was fast slipping away. In this blend of fact and fiction, she weaves a tapestry of her family members and events, drawing mainly upon interviews with her mother and aunt.
Title:Time's Tapestry: Four Generations of a New Orleans FamilyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 8.8 × 5.79 × 0.68 inPublished:January 12, 1997Publisher:Louisiana State University Press

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ISBN - 10:080712205X

ISBN - 13:9780807122051

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More than forty years after leaving her native New Orleans as a young woman, Leta Weiss Marks awakened to the realization that her family history there was almost beyond the horizon of living memory. Rescuing it, for herself and posterity, became her mission and brought her home again. In a compelling, elegant blend of fact and fiction, Marks weaves a tapestry of family members and events, drawing mainly upon interviews with her nonagenarian mother and aunt. Letters, archival research, and Marks's own recollections and imagination also contribute to the composition, which she calls "a song of myself and my family". Stories and memories of three generations of the Dreyfous branch of the family tree complete Marks's portrait. She makes vivid not only the personalities of her kin but also the times in which they lived, conjuring the New Orleans of her great-grandfather, grandparents, parents, and own childhood - segregation, the alternate inclusion and exclusion of the Jewish community, the fervid politics of the Long era - and juxtaposing those scenes with her experiences as an adult returning to visit her family in a greatly changed city