A Good Enough Daughter: A Memoir by Alix Kates Shulman

By Alix Kates Shulman

A decent, unflinching mirrored image at the that means of kinfolk, from the writer of the bestselling novel Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen

Alix Kates Shulman wasn’t anticipating assisting her getting older mom and dad fresh out their residence and get ready for the ultimate years in their lives. She had fled suburban Cleveland at age twenty to carve out her personal existence in ny urban. yet as she begun dismantling their residence of 40 years, the duty advanced right into a useful studying event she could by no means forget.

Shulman discovers the lives of 2 colourful, shiny humans from whom she remained far away whereas pursuing a literary profession. She reveals herself grappling with remorse and looking redemption within the look for what it capacity to be a very good daughter. With heat and perception, Shulman sheds mild on a fancy, painful occasion that many adults finally face—the ultimate journey home.

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From then on I put everything on slides, which were films that were much more complex to develop and would never be processed in the short time between going through customs and entering the plane. In addition, I would keep the beginning of the Robert van Voren 25 Example of samizdat smuggled out of the USSR on film: a report on a house search carried out by the KGB at a dissident’s home film hanging out of the metal canister and glued the box carefully closed. They now looked completely unused and without any problem I would manage to smuggle ten or more films at a time to The Netherlands.

One after the other found him/herself behind bars; it was a constant action of saying goodbye. In order to make maximum use of the time in Moscow, I took short naps instead of sleeping and sat in the kitchen of dissident friends until the early hours of the morning talking, planning strategy and making use of the moment; maybe my next visit would find them gone as well. After several nights of not sleeping, it seems your mind goes onto a different level, a kind of mystic feeling, as if you can fly.

A trip to the Soviet Union was more than just a week in the country itself. It cost me, just like many of my colleague couriers, about a month of preparation, both emotionally and logistically. Emotionally because I knew I would again wind up in situations that would have a strong emotional effect on me. I would meet people who would be arrested either shortly after or who had just lost a loved one as result of an arrest. On top of that, I knew that I would live a week under extreme tension. And at the same time I had to prepare myself for the worst.

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