Tootsie's regret and other stories
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Tootsie's Regret and Other Stories is a collection of fifteen interlinked short stories that explore the relationship between Tootsie Plotnik, an aging Jewish gangster turned- legitimate businessman, and his daughter, Deborah, a middle-aged, recently divorced writer who learns of her father's unsavory past. The stories show how Deborah's divorce colors her perception of her father, while her growing intimacy with the older man forces her to reexamine her assumptions about his past and one's ability to know another human being.
The stories' style was influenced by The Yiddish Policeman's Union, in which Michael Chabon intertwined Yiddish expressions with the hard-boiled style of mystery writing. As with Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie, the stories are told over a series of visits between father and daughter. Though particular to the Jewish-American experience, the stories echo universal themes about facing the aging and loss of one's parents while accepting them as vulnerable, imperfect human beings.
Cochran, Joan Lipinsky, "Tootsie's regret and other stories" (2009). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2393.
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