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TREYF: [trāf] also trayf, treff. adjective. (of food) not satisfying the requirements of Jewish law according to Leviticus 11. also: unkosher,  unclean, prohibited, rule-breaking, forbidden.

Praise for Treyf

“What makes Treyf so original is the author’s wry humor and her gimlet eye. She is expert at evoking time, place and social status…” – Wall Street Journal

“In this richly textured narrative, Altman not only reveals how she learned to interweave the contradictory threads of her life into a complex whole. She also gives eloquent voice to the universal human desire to belong. A poignant and life-affirming family memoir.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Gorgeously-written, sensual … a brave and generous memoir… I love this book.” — Dani Shapiro, author of Devotion

“Beautiful, brilliant…the story of an era and a tribe, rooted in 1970s New York City, and wrought with such visceral love that the pages shimmer.”—Kate Christensen, author of Blue Plate Special

Treyf is a memoir that reads like a novel, a spellbinding portrait of a very specific world that also serves as a universal primer on identity, on loneliness, on the nature of familial bonds, on the ways we make sense of the mess of our lives. Gorgeous, singular, heartbreaking, haunting.”—Joanna Rakoff, author of My Salinger Year

“Intricately structured, exquisitely wrought, Treyf exposes the love and longing at the core of transgression. It is a tour de force—nimble, cinematic, restrained. The sacred and the profane are no binary in Altman’s world; they are two chambers of a single beating heart.”—Jessica Fechtor, author of Stir
“The author turns a literary microscope on her growing-up years and the people who influenced her for good and bad. Like eating popcorn (gourmet popcorn), this is hard to put down…. Altman’s conflicted feelings about her life, her parents, and, yes, food infuse this delicious memoir.”—Booklist

“[Altman’s] decades-long struggle to regain the happiness and comfort she felt in her beloved maternal grandmother’s home is depicted lovingly, with many moments of heartbreak and disappointment but also joy and contentment…Altman’s path to living authentically is hard won, but she demonstrates there’s reward to be found in the fight.”—Publishers Weekly

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