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Burnt Bread and Chutney
Growing Up Between Cultures - A Memoir of an Indian Jewish Childhood
Written by Carmit Delman

Burnt Bread and Chutney
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Category: Biography & Autobiography - Religious; Biography & Autobiography - Women; Biography & Autobiography - Personal Memoirs
Imprint: One World/Ballantine
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: September 2003
Price: $15.00
Can. Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-44594-0 (0-345-44594-5)
Pages: 304
Also available as an eBook.



 
**Named by School Library Journal as one of the Best Adult Books for High School Students, 2003

Contributing her own unique story to the growing genre of bi-cultural narratives (which includes Marie Arana’s critically-acclaimed American Chica) Carmit Delman has written a coming-of-age memoir that explores the life of an Indian Jewish girl. Delman grew up in Israel and New York City as a member of two distinctly different cultures, each having its own traditions, mores, values, and customs. Her insights into this bi-cultural childhood are sometimes painful, sometimes humorous, but always provide a window into an existence lived on two fronts.

This rich and innovative debut opens wide yet another world previously unknown and erases boundaries between cultures heretofore considered separate.

"This elegant memoir provides readers with glimpses of an unusual cross-cultural childhood....Writing in a lively style with rich details, Delman's debut brims with intelligence and insight and should appeal not only to Jews and Indians but to anyone compelled by the mingling of cultural identities."—Publisher's Weekly

"Her memoir captures the textures of a life spent straddling the traditions and cultures of Western India and the United States"—Library Journal



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WINNER - School Library Journal Adult Books for Young Adults



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Carmit Delman is descended from the Bene Israel, an ancient community of Indian Jews. American-born, she has lived in Ohio, New York, and Israel. After studying literature and anthropology at Brandeis University, she received an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College. Currently she lives, teaches, and writes in Boston.





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