Title

Family Names

Document Type

Article

Department

English (Scripps)

Publication Date

4-1999

Disciplines

Creative Writing | English Language and Literature

Abstract

I was ten when my mother changed our name from Greenberg to Greene. I had no idea why she did this, nor, presumably, did she. It had to do with the breakup of her marriage, that was clear-she no longer wanted his name. But why, I asked later, when I was old enough to wonder about such things, didn't she go back to her maiden name?

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