“Brilliant, exciting, startlingly fresh… Donna Minkowitz comes to the conclusion that she must have been her mother’s golem, a manikin formed from clay and garbage and sacred letters, built to fall apart when it fails to serve its maker… She takes a dazzling leap of fancy and then writes a new bridge into being behind her for the rest of us to follow.” — Ellis Avery, author of The Last Nude and The Teahouse Fire

“Rich and wild, dark and funny, as fearless as her legendary journalism and as scary as a fairy tale. A serious writer at the top of her game. I love this book!”
— Terry Bisson, winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards

“Golem, schmolem — Minkowitz has sculpted a wonderful life for herself out of sheer dedication and grit, and her writing is magic. Two goyische maidel thumbs up!!”— Lily Burana, author of I Love a Man in Uniform: A Memoir of Love, War, and Other Battles

“Holds nothing back…  the same brutal introspection and clever humor  [as Ferocious Romance] , but this book is much more personal and sexually explicit …  Minkowitz brings a defiant, playful energy to writing about her difficult and dark past. Intelligent but not for the prudish or fainthearted. ”
Kirkus Reviews


“Utterly entrancing … Donna Minkowitz introspects herself bare, and then with a breathtakingly fluent language of alternating waggery and sincerity, tells how she incorporated her doubts and certainties into that rarest thing: an authentic self. In this brilliantly funny, wise, joyful book, she achieves the compassion and depth that both the gay and right-wing movements profess to want, and fail to achieve: and she does so with a gentle lightness and forthright courage by which even a die-hard partisan would have to be swayed.” — Andrew Solomon, author, Far from the Tree

“An original, energetic and witty book.… Reveal[s] something meaty about real people with grace, humor, and intelligence.” — Mary Gaitskill, the New York Observer

“Infuriating, insightful, hilarious…. Deserves a wide readership among activists and right-wingers alike.” — Patrick Califia, author, Public Sex

“Donna Minkowitz’s writing is a tonic.” — Naomi Wolf

“Original and provocative.” — Susan Faludi

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