Runaway Waltz: A Memoir from Vienna to New York
Ten distinct episodes from Morton’s life make up this brief memoir. The vignettes begin with his mania for movies as a young boy, particularly those of Fred Astaire, then move on to his very tense escape with his father from Vienna in 1939, and his well-to-do family’s transformation to impoverished refugees. We see Morton in high society, as a devoted son with his aging parents, and finally, when he himself is elderly, recollecting his early life in Vienna as it is being filmed. Runaway Waltz provides an interesting glimpse into the life of the author of the historical novel The Forever Street.