Bread Givers: A Novel : a Struggle Between a Father of the Old World and a Daughter of the New

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Persea Books, 1975 - Assimilation (Sociology) - 297 pages
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"Only if they cooked for men, and washed for men, and didn't nag and curse the men out of their homes: only if they let the men study the Torah in peace, then, maybe, they could push themselves into heaven with the men, to wait on them there."

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Good insight into family. - Goodreads
Very good novel and easy to read. - Goodreads
I very much enjoyed the prose style and the story. - Goodreads
I thought the overall writing was supurb as well. - Goodreads
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I felt connected to her characters and love the plot. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Charles M. - Goodreads

Memoir of Jewish family coming to America and the push and pull between American society and rigid Jewish traditions. Told through eyes of one of family's daughters who broke away from the family and became a teacher living independently. Read full review

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User Review  - Jeanne - Goodreads

Not an easy read....daughter of a Talmudic scholar in tenement life in the early 1900's. A sobering description of life as it was then and the strength of will it took to survive. This was a worthwhile book to have read but not for everyone. Read full review

Contents

HESTER STREET CHAFTEK PAGE I HESTER STREET
7
THE SPEAKING MOUTH OF THE BLOCK
24
THE BURDEN BEARER
35
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About the author (1975)

Anzia Yezierska (1882-1970) emigrated from Poland to the United States in 1890. Her books include Bread Givers, How I Found America: Collected Stories, The Open Cage, and Red Ribbon on a White Horse: My Story.

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