218 Western American Literature Summer 2010 Scambray ends his book with an examination of John Fante, perhaps the best known of the writers discussed. He is especially perceptive in his critique of Fante's greatly admired Ask the Dust (1939). Camilla Lopez (Mexican) and Vera Rivken (Jewish), Scambray notes, are doppelgangers for Arturo Bandini's Italian American self, one he is trying to shed by becoming an American author. But he can't shed that self no matter how hard he tries. Arturo must write about Vera and Fante about Camilla because these two women represent an authenticity and vitality that is essential to the fiction of both authors. Arturo's enduring attachment to Camilla is an unconscious acknowledgment of his own past and its inescapable claims upon him. Scambray has written an important book, one that adds to the exciting, burgeoning scholarship on California's authors. In My Father's House: A Memoir of Polygamy. By Dorothy Allred Solomon. Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 2009. 310 pages, $21.95. Reviewed by Bonnie Bastian Moore Utah State University, Logan Dorothy Allred Solomon, the twenty-eighth of forty-eight children born to Dr. Rulon Allred, a well-known Utah polygamist, opens wide the door to a previously closed world.
Western American Literature – The Western Literature Association
Published: Aug 13, 2010
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