I have known Tania Grossinger for OMG! 60 years. I am the Ina she talks of as her roommate at Brandeis in Memoir of an Independent Woman. We have been in contact off and on since that time and have shared our life journeys during those times. However, there was so much I never knew that illuminated a courageous, brilliant, woman of integrity. So put your judgments aside -- Yes, there were times when she lived like a libertine. Yes, she bares her soul. Yes, she had a longtime affair with a married man. But if any of us can top the quality of relationship that she describes on Pg. 261, there is a special place for you in Heaven. If anyone ever had an ideal love it was this woman.
That's only one part of her journey. The story of her upbringing and life at Grossinger's in one small room shared with your mother had its own form of emotional abuse. How she overcame the difficulties of being raised by a woman who isolated herself emotionally is heroic.
When I met Tania's mother she took one look at me, then turned to Tania and asked, "Why can't you be thin like your friend?" I think that says it all.
In spite of the abnormal upraising, Tania took every experience and made the most of it. She became a brilliant publicist, was and is respected by colleagues, and has the courage and integrity to make her journey public.
The book ends with her resolutions to Natasha, the daughter she never had. It reads like a Yom Kippur prayer, not for the coming year, but for life. Her book is a life review of a modern heroine who leaves us with the lesson of what she learned on her very special journey.
Bless You Tania.