The Gravedigger's Daughter: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Fiction - 624 pages
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Fleeing Nazi Germany in 1936, the Schwarts immigrate to a small town in upstate New York. Here the father—a former high school teacher—is demeaned by the only job he can get: gravedigger and cemetery caretaker. When local prejudice and the family's own emotional frailty give rise to an unthinkable tragedy, the gravedigger's daughter, Rebecca heads out into America. Embarking upon an extraordinary odyssey of erotic risk and ingenious self-invention, she seeks renewal, redemption, and peace—on the road to a bittersweet and distinctly “American” triumph.

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User Review  - BookConcierge - LibraryThing

Huh? It just ends? Oates tortures us for 500 pages and it just ... ends. I wouldn't have read it a all except for book club. Back in the mid 1970s I read a lot of JKO but then I just got tired of her. I won't be reading another (even if my book club selects another of her works). Read full review

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User Review  - PrinceAlexander - LibraryThing

This novel is about irreparable Jewish psychological trauma caused by Holocaust and about anti-semitism, which has no borders. Most of reviews of this great work fail to notice that ... I immensely thankful to Joyce Carol Oates for the courage of raising such "uncomfortable" issues. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.

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