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  - 2michelle -

This book was picked for our monthly book club selection. Although the story was slow to start off it began to hold your interest around page 60. The development of the characters personalities was ... Read full review

a great read!

User Review  - dezinervick -

This was my second book written by Oates and it is an incredble story! You want to follow along to see what happens to Rebecca the daughter. Oates has a way with words and the plot is interesting ... 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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