The Open Door: A Novel
It is the late 1930s when Myron Adler and Faye Raskin - the most mismatched couple imaginable - meet and marry. Myron owns a live poultry market in the Brooklyn Battery and Faye, the haughty and pretentious daughter of a well-to-do Manhattan jeweler, leads a fantasy life filled with high-class suitors. Through the 40s and 50s, as the Adlers raise two sons, their difficulties erupt in troubling, sometimes violent ways. The Open Door, Floyd Skloot's powerful third novel, traces how Richard and Daniel Adler respond to a home environment of physical and emotional abuse and grow up to become radically different men.
With candor and precision, Skloot captures the nuances of second-generation Jewish immigrant life. He skillfully presents the pulse of mid-century Brooklyn - where the Brooklyn Dodgers, the Mad Bomber, Mafia heavies and two-bit boxers populate a world the Adler brothers struggle to comprehend.
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Richard countered that homework was more important and soon they were
yelling at one another. He jumped up, ran over to where Danny was squatting
with his cards, grabbed one — it was a Ferris Fain, son of a bitch, Richard could
older brother over a Ferris Fain card! It missed by six feet and landed behind the
radiator. Of course, Richard's parents didn't believe him. Not their precious little
Danny. Richard had to fish the knife out with a coat hanger to get them to believe
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THE OPEN DOORUser Review - Kirkus
A third novel from the author of, most recently, Pilgrim's Harbor (1992) traces the travails of a dysfunctional Jewish family from the 1930s through the mid-70s. Myron Adler and Faye Raskin are a ... Read full review