THE MEMOIRS OF A MARKED WOMAN
PART ONE (1990)
"Sir, you are tough and I am tough,
But who will write whose epitaph?"
Joseph Brodsky (1994)
- Chapter 1: Where the author gets a job offer she can't refuse, then is forced to quit.
- Chapter 2: Where the author starts working as bicycle messenger; is forced to switch to another messenger agency; and learns that her father is dying of lung cancer in France.
- Chapter 3: Where the author is almost run-over by a bus and is taken to the hospital with a fractured knee.
- Chapter 4: Where a Frenchman visits and recommends a lawyer; where the author retains the lawyer.
- Chapter 5: Where the author has surgery twice, has a full-time visitor and visits from strangers, and where she leaves the hospital.
- Chapter 6: Where the author gets an alcoholic helper; where the lawyer suborns perjury from the author.
- Chapter 7: Where the author is interviewed by a Transit Authority lawyer and flies to France.
- Chapter 8: Where the author spends a few days in Paris, learns that her father has died and goes to Normandy for the funeral.
- Chapter 9: Where the author meets her family.
- Chapter 10: Where a meeting of the heirs takes place.
- Chapter 11: Where the author spends the day alone with her mother.
- Chapter 12: Where the author visits her sister Veronique in Paris.
- Chapter 13: Where the author retains an estate lawyer and visits her brother Norbert in Paris.
- Chapter 14: Where the author visits her sister Sophie in Reims.
- Chapter 15: Where Sophie takes the author on a treasure hunt; where the author's mother shows the author a valise full of cash.
- Chapter 16: Where Mr. Guignard visits the family; where the author learns that he owes the family two million francs in unreported money.
- Chapter 17: Where the author and her mother travel to Switzerland to check a secret bank account.
- Chapter 18: Where the author meets a Swiss banker, visits her childhood home, and is encouraged by her mother to jump from a high bridge.
- Chapter 19: Where the author frustrates her mother by giving power of attorney to an estate lawyer.
- Chapter 20: About home cooking
and a caviar lunch.
- Chapter 21: Where the author gets a new passport, goes to Brittany and stays at Cousin Henry's.
- Chapter 22: Where the author spends a few days at her godfather's; where she's encouraged to bathe in high-tide water and where she returns to New York.