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Girl Unwrapped: Tens List

 Girl Unwrapped is a girl's coming-of-age story set in 1960s Montreal about the burdens and blessings of history, the divided self, and the quest to be whole. Toni Goldblatt's awakening to taboo desire conflicts with her Holocaust-scarred parents' expectations. Yearning to reinvent herself, she flees to Israel in the wake of the 1967 war, but the Zionist dream doesn't save her; only on her return, when she discovers kindred spirits in the underground lesbian bar scene, does Toni begin to find her own path. Girl Unwrapped is a novel about love, isolation, and the search for personal truth despite the stranglehold of family.

Toni Goldblatt's top ten: Things she loves most, as of novel's end. (But not necessarily in this order, depends on her mood.)

1) cute girls who love her back

2) her re-decorated apartment in the McGill U. student ghetto in Montreal

3) Saturday nights at Loulou's

4) Saturday mornings on Ste Catherine Street

5) Isaac Asimov books (both his science fiction and his popular science books)

6) her mama's cooking, esp. apple strudel and goulash with sauerkraut and crispy potatoes

7) her mama, period (but she might be embarrassed to say so in public, so keep it under your hat)

8) her papa (easier for her to say that out loud)

9) confusing some people about whether she's a boy or a girl

10) running to the top of Mount Royal without pausing for breath (almost)


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