January 2nd was my sixth blogging anniversary, and during that time I have kept the Fortuitous Housewife a politics-free space (both here & on social media), but things are different in this country now.
She seems exquisitely aware of just how much power this gives her metaphorical stock on the Hebraic hedge-funder marriage market.
(Half-Jewish half-Asian, it’s true.) She’s Jewish enough to have a complete freak out when she accidentally almost touches a piece of fried shrimp (she keeps kosher), and to shriek to all and sundry that she’s going to hell, even though Jews don’t believe in hell, which you think Jules would know given how Jewish she is.
And then came healthy doses of reflection & reframing.
But that tale will have to wait for another day, because today I am filled with hope and I just gotta share it!
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So that wasn’t the issue.) Will Jules continue to use being “Jewish” as the reason for further odd or problematic behavior, such as letting her kids show up to school an hour late every morning because their Jewish mother doesn’t know how to say “no” to them, like ever? In the meantime, let’s just hope she doesn’t go down the road of the last New York housewife who was this conspicuously Jewish: the unlamented Jill Zarin, who, before she was fired, seemed determined to use 5000 years of tradition and oppression to explain away many of her less flattering traits (materialism, nosiness, solipsism).
(If you don’t believe me, she says as much of herself in her book .) Jules Wainstein would be wise not to go down the same road.
stars Brenda Strong as Mary Alice Young, Teri Hatcher as Susan Mayer, Felicity Huffman as Lynette Scavo, Marcia Cross as Bree Van de Kamp, Eva Longoria as Gabrielle Solis, Ricardo Antonio Chavira as Carlos Solis, James Denton as Mike Delfino, Doug Savant as Tom Scavo, Nicollette Sheridan as Edie Britt (seasons 1-5), Andrea Bowen as Julie Mayer, Kyle Mac Lachlan as Orson Hodge (seasons 3-6), Kathryn Joosten as Karen Mc Cluskey, Shawn Pyfrom as Andrew Van de Kamp, Madison De La Garza as Juanita Solis (seasons 5-8), Mark Moses as Paul Young (seasons 1-2; 7), Dana Delany as Katherine Mayfair (seasons 4-6), Kevin Rahm as Lee Mc Dermott (seasons 4-8), Tuc Watkins as Bob Hunter (seasons 4-8), and Vanessa Williams as Renee Perry (seasons 7-8).
is back for an eighth season and, as it seems to be the rule among most Americans in this most contentious of times, the housewives themselves are angrier than ever.
One day, in the loveliest of suburbs, housewife and mother Mary Alice Young (Brenda Strong) decided to take her own life.