A daughter of Jewish refugees searches for love and a spiritual home in this novel by the National Book Award–nominated author of Difficult Women.
On Sale: January 9, 2018
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Brought up in a secular household on Manhattan’s Upper
East Side, Nancy Green knows suspiciously little about
her parents’ past. She knows they escaped Germany,
avoiding the fate of so many of their fellow Jews during
World War II, but the few family heirlooms they brought
to the United States are reminders of a lost life that,
for Nancy, remains shrouded in mystery. She seeks
connection and a sense of belonging, a relationship in
which she can find some sort of religious fulfillment.
Unfortunately, Nancy’s first encounter is with a Hasidic
man who, dissatisfied with Judaism, has taken vows to
become a monk. Then, while studying English literature in
Boston, she meets a Catholic boy who captures her
interest, but he’s desperate to escape his overbearing
mother and the clutches of the Church.
After a devastating breakup, Nancy finally settles down
with a husband whose background and beliefs seem at least
similar to her own. Perhaps now she’ll stop yearning for
something more, and trade volatility and heartbreak for a
sensible, practical life. But forcing a fit—into a
society, a sect, a family, or even a marriage—isn’t easy
for anyone, and Nancy still has a long way to travel
before she finds her true home.
From an acclaimed author of both fiction and memoirs,
including National Book Award finalist The Family,
American Stranger is a wise and insightful story about
the search for identity, and how our real lives are far
more complex than our labels.
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