The Immigrants

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Sourcebooks, Inc., Mar 1, 2010 - Fiction - 480 pages
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The first book in bestselling author Howard Fast's beloved family saga

"A most wonderful book...there hasn't been a novel in years that can do a job on readers' emotions that the last fifty pages of The Immigrants does."
-Los Angeles Times

In this sweeping journey of love and fortune, master storyteller Howard Fast recounts the rise and fall of a family of roughneck immigrants determined to make their way in America at the turn of the century. Quick to ascend from the tragic depths of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Dan Lavette becomes the head of a powerful shipping empire and establishes himself among the city's cultural elite. But when he finds himself caught in a loveless marriage to the daughter of San Francisco's richest family, a scandalous love affair threatens to destroy the empire Dan has built for himself.

The first of a compelling family saga, The Immigrants is a fast-paced, emotional novel that captures the wide range of relationships among immigrant families during the tumultuous events that defined the early twentieth century in America.

"A non-stop page-turner...moving, vivid...a splendid achievement!"
-Erica Jong

"Howard Fast is fiercely American. He is one of ours, one of our very best!"
-Los Angeles Times

"Warmth...Power...Tenderness...Excitement...Readers will find themselves anxiously awaiting the sequel."
-Columbus Dispatch

 

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Howard Fast's The Immigrants has lasted in my mind and heart since I first read it over a decade ago. This very talented author has a way of taking you subtly on a journey, as a fly on the wall, to watch a poor, immigrant, Italian, family grow through generations. - Erica Jong "Howard Fast is fiercely American. He is one of ours, on e of our very best!" - Los Angeles Times "Warmth. . . Power. . . Tenderness. . . Excitement. . . Readers will find themselves anxiously awaiting the sequel." -Columbus Dispatch - Howard Fast takes you by the center of your vulnerable emotions and quickly makes you an addict of his immigrants trials and tribulations. Perhaps it is because as Americans we know (virtually) we all come from immigrants and these people whose lives are exposed to us in print may very well be our ancestors.  

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A TRIBUTE TO A GREAT AMERICAN WRITER
Howard Fast’s great 1944 novel FREEDOM ROAD changed my life forever. I’m a proud African American novelist today because of Howard Fast’s novels. Fast’s
central character in FREEDOM ROAD, Gideon Jackson was teaching us about “black pride” long before that term was used in the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement. In his novel THE IMMIGRANTS, Fast, a white man, says: “The dignity is in the worker, not in the job.” Like the great Mexican artists in how they treated the simple peasants they drew and painted, Howard Fast had the knack of finding the dignity in the common man that often went unseen by others, whether a factory worker or a hard-working writer trying to give voice to his people.
Will Gibson, author, "The Man with The Silver Tongue" and other novels. http://www.amazon.com/Man-Silver-Tongue-Will-Gibson/dp/1490476768/ref=la_B008TE5ZR2_1_8_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1382872244&sr=1-8
 

Contents

Chapter 1
3
Part 1
31
Chapter 2
33
Part 2
95
Chapter 3
97
Part 3
173
Chapter 4
175
Part 4
265
Chapter 5
267
Part 5
357
Chapter 6
359
Part 6
405
Chapter 7
407
Reading Group Guide
472
Back Cover
475
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Born in 1914, Howard Fast published over 53 novels, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. His most famous novels included Spartacus, Freedom Road, Citizen Tom Paine, April Morning, The Crossing, The Unvanquished, My Glorious Brothers, and the three generation family saga beginning with The Immigrants. Nineteen of his works became movies.

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