American Gypsy: A Memoir by Oksana Marafioti

By Oksana Marafioti

A bright and humorous memoir approximately growing to be up Gypsy and turning into American

Fifteen-year-old Oksana Marafioti is a Gypsy. this suggests traveling with the relatives band from the Mongolian deserts to the Siberian tundra. It capacity getting your hair reduce in “the Lioness.” It additionally potential enduring sneering racism from each section of Soviet society. Her father is decided that his women lead a greater, freer lifestyles. In the United States! additionally, he desires to play guitar with B. B. King. And remedy melanoma together with his own magnetism. All of this he confides to the lady on the American embassy, who inexplicably permits the kinfolk access. quickly they're residing at the sketchier facet of Hollywood.

What little Oksana and her sister, Roxy, recognize of the USA they’ve discovered from MTV, subcategory George Michael. It doesn’t really organize them for the demanding situations of immigration. Why are the glamorous Kraft Singles separately wrapped? Are the little soaps within the inns fairly unfastened? How do you safeguard your great new boyfriend out of your opinionated father, who wishes you to marry decently, in the clan?

In this affecting, hilarious memoir, Marafioti cracks open the secretive global of the Roma and brings the absurdities, miscommunications, and unpredictable victories of the immigrant adventure to lifestyles. With unsentimentally excellent pitch, American Gypsy reveals how Marafioti adjusted to her new lifestyles in the US, one slice of processed cheese at a time.

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Then I found a man who called himself Captain Lewis. ) Captain Lewis was one of those characters that you find hanging around the periphery of show land. He was a marquee 39 Cottle Book 3rds 28/7/06 11:38 am Page 40 Confessions of a Showman hirer. He offered to give me a tent and all the equipment I needed in return for a share in the circus. With Brian back on the scene I had found someone who could not only perform lots of acts in the ring but most importantly take care of all the mechanics of the circus, the building and the moving of it.

I liked him because his was the only circus run by a josser. He looked the part of the circus impresario – he was never seen without his long pointy beard, Stetson and gold chains. He was great friends with Joe Gandey and when the circuses toured in the same part of the country, they would, as was customary, pay each other a visit, watch the show, drink a few polite beers and then sink a whole lot more while exchanging the latest gossip. The flamboyant count, self-declared son of a Bulgarian nobleman, actual former miner, former hair-gel salesman from Nottingham (a mixture of glycerine and turpentine) liked to keep a small circle of young men around him.

Was the constant refrain. He was completely paranoid about being ripped off. When the circus got to Beaconsfield, the captain called a meeting via a very pompous letter asking that all petty cash vouchers, receipts and the wage book be available for inspection, as well as the staff contracts and the receipt and registration for a car Brian had bought. Now on his way into this meeting the captain spotted some fire extinguishers in the back of Brian’s old car which he was using to transport equipment between towns.

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