This memoir of a son and his tumultuous relationship with his mother is honest, raw, amusing and a personal historical view of the period between the wars in America. Jennie, the firebrand union organizer, is transplanted to the West Side of Chicago, Lawndale, where the Jewish community once flourished.
Clancy Sigal gives us a wonderful picture of the social activist life of secular Jews at a time in America when anti-Semitism was at its height. This story is interwoven with his own personal history of life with parents who loved, fought, and tried to change the society around them, but were unable to hold together as a family. A great read from both a personal and historical perspective.