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The Four of Us

The Story of a Family

Elizabeth Swados

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The moving story of the author's talented family, which is haunted by the tragedy of the first child's schizophrenia. Four essays, one for each family member's story, combine to create a complex and resonant picture of the four sides of a family rectangle.

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The Four of Us
The CartoonistWhen I was four my brother decided to teach me manners. He claimed to know Emily Post personally and he wanted to pass down to me the "L. J. Swados Interpretation" of her dos and don'ts. Lincoln was eleven and I believed he was a scholar. The lesson was strict and he didn't laugh. If I gasped or slurped, Lincoln glared at me through his thick fifties-style glasses."The question is, do you want to be a lady or a pig," he said to me. "A lady or a pig? Pigs can't find husbands with summer cottages on Lake Erie where brothers can come visit and go waterskiing." I tried
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  • Elizabeth Swados

  • Elizabeth Swados is a playwright, director, composer, poet, children’s book author, and memoirist. She lives in New York City.
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The Four of Us

The Story of a Family

Elizabeth Swados

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