Jewish Values: Summer of My German Soldier

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Publication Year: 
2004
Number of Pages: 
1 973 p.
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A powerful novel about a dysfunctional Jewish family, told by twelve year old Patty Bergen. Patty's narration captures the atmosphere of a small Southern town during World War II - mainly its hyper-patriotism and small mindedness. Even more unforgettable is the author's portrayal of a child's desperate search for love and acceptance in the face of an uncaring mother and a brutal, abusive father. Two things sustain Patty: the family's maid, Ruth, and a friendship she forms with an escaped German soldier. Judaism in this family takes the form of customs but not belief or the practice of Jewish values. There are very few books that give so unflinching a portrait of Jewish parental cruelty and its impact on a child.
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ISBN: 
440218926
Book ID: 
696
Sydney Taylor Winner: 
No