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Beginning to See the LightSex, Hope, and Rock-and-Roll$
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Ellen Willis

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680788

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680788.001.0001

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How’s the Family?

How’s the Family?

(p.100) How’s the Family?
Beginning to See the Light

Ellen Willis

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter presents the author’s reflections about how her women friends all seem to become obsessed with family come December: they worry about aging parents and confused siblings, haggle with ex-spouses over who gets the kids for which holidays, and have second thoughts about arriving in their mid-thirties unencumbered—and unconnected. The author, however, is somewhat insulated from the seasonal angst; since her family, being Jewish, has never made a big deal of Christmas. Rather, she thinks of the holidays as a period when the pace of the city slows down and she has more time than usual to read, go to the movies, wander around, and shop.

Keywords:   friends, family, Christmas, women

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