By Anat Rosenberg
Updated September 01, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Golden Country

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  • Book
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Spanning the 1920s to ’60s, this affecting debut traces three Jewish immigrants’ efforts to integrate into the fabric of America. Itinerant salesman Joseph longs to leave the road behind by inventing the perfect two-in-one cleaning product; gangster Seymour wants to escape the thug life and become a Broadway producer; and homely Frances envisions a glamorous acting career in Hollywood. Jennifer Gilmore’s jam-packed plot (which also includes the invention of television and cameos by Mae West and Irving Berlin) sometimes gets bogged down in detail. But the lively prose in Golden Country captures both the exuberance and disillusionment of the immigrant experience.

Golden Country

type
  • Book
genre
author
  • Jennifer Gilmore
publisher
  • Scribner

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