Creative Writing | English Language and Literature
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?
© 1999 Ms. Magazine
Greene, Gayle, "Family Names," Ms. Magazine (Spring 1999), 102-106.