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November 24, 2006


What pleasure you give in these stories of a very large, warm and connected family - thanks, Beth! I never knew my great-grandparents, and only one grandfather a little bit, having left them behind in "the old country". My mother's stories, rather like yours, gave me a sense of family history - a gift I now appreciate even more.

Oh, Beth. What a Thanksgiving present you've given us.

Beth, I've got a lot to catch up on here. I'm struck by the finesse of your writing that not only documents the events and personalities and the deep connecting loves, but also gently suggests the obscured tensions and challenges of family life.

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Who was Cassandra?

  • In the Iliad, she is described as the loveliest of the daughters of Priam (King of Troy), and gifted with prophecy. The god Apollo loved her, but she spurned him. As a punishment, he decreed that no one would ever believe her. So when she told her fellow Trojans that the Greeks were hiding inside the wooden horse...well, you know what happened.