Marshall Pearl is orphaned at birth on an immigrant ship off the coast of Palestine in 1947, then brought to americanca. His experiences take him from the Hudson River Valley, to Harvard, to sea on a British merchant ship, then finally back to his birthplace, where he serves as an Israeli soldier in the Yom Kippur War. “Superb...A first-rate odyssey, full of insight and humor and hard-earned truths” (San Francisco Chronicle).
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REFINER'S FIREUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
With his subtitle, "The Life and Adventures of Marshall Pearl, a Foundling," Helprin winks at the picaresque, Torn Jones tradition in which this enormously ambitious, enormously talented, and ... Read full review
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Refiner's Fire: The Life and Adventures of Marshall Pearl, a Foundling
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