We Were Strangers Once

We Were Strangers Once

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"On the eve of World War II Egon Schneider--a gallant and successful Jewish doctor, son of two world-famous naturalists--escapes Germany to an uncertain future across the sea. Settling into the unfamiliar rhythms of upper Manhattan, he finds solace among a tight-knit group of fellow immigrants, tenacious men and women drawn together as much by their differences as by their memories of the world they left behind. They each suffer degradations and triumphs large and small ... But their spirits remain unbroken, and when their little community is faced with an existential threat, these strangers rise up together in hopes of creating a permanent home"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781455571437
Characteristics: 327 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number: CARTER, B


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Jul 06, 2018

I liked this book a lot. While the reviews called the writing glorious and wonderful, I found it a bit disjointed. For me, it took awhile for the story line and the multiple characters to fill in place. It's a cast of characters of Jewish immigrants to New York, pre-WW II. Sort of the German Jewish version of the Irish lass Eilis coming to Brooklyn in Colm Toibin's book of the same title.


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