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One Foot in America
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Written with warmth, humor and a savoury Yiddish flavour, Yuri Suhl's "One Foot in America" is a sweet coming-of-age novel about Shloime (Sol) Kenner's first three years in America, as lived in a Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn. The highly sympathetic, motherless protagonist - a sort of Jewish David Copperfield - takes a job in a butcher's shop to help his traditionally religious father put bread on their table; he takes evening courses because he wants to make something of himself, either a doctor or a prize fighter. The cast of characters includes a colorful assortment of Shloime's relatives as well as pushcart peddlers, merchants, night-school students, communists, anti-Semitic bullies, and the girls with whom he falls in love (and their families). Some of the book's most satisfying scenes take place on the boat coming over to America, while others, written in flashback, present gripping tableaux of "shtetl" life in the Galician town where he spent his childhood. Originally published in 1950, "One Foot in America" is a forgotten classic of Jewish immigration fiction, recommended for readers of all ages and suitable for young readers. "One of the best books ever written about Jewish life in America." -- National Jewish Post
Genre: Literary
Published: Oct 2010
Publisher: Now and Then Books
ISBN13: 9780978443566
ISBN10: 097844356X
Pages: 222