Jewish Values: Lost

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Publication Year: 
2009
Number of Pages: 
242 p.
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Dark themes of death, denial, unwed pregnancy, crushing work, depression, parental neglect, fire, tragedy, and trauma permeate this historical novel set on the Lower East Side during the period of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. The author skillfully weaves together the fictional story of Essie – along with her widowed mother, her hoodlum brother Saulie, and her high-spirited, spoiled, curious, dramatic little sister Zelda – with a historically-based mystery involving Essie’s new friend, Harriet, based on a young woman who actually disappeared from her well-heeled Upper East Side life and, in the author’s imagination, perhaps shared the tragic fate of Jewish girls from Essie’s world in the Triangle fire of March 25, 1911. This well-written story shows the dark side of Jewish immigrant life, with its many losses -- of life, dignity, childhood, and Jewish observance.
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ISBN: 
978-0-7614-5535-6
Book ID: 
1391
Sydney Taylor Winner: 
No