The Gravedigger's Daughter
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - elmoelle - LibraryThing
I am an ardent fan of Joyce Carol Oates, her novel Blonde is among my favorites, so I have to warn that my opinion of this book must be considered with that fandom in mind. The first thing in this ... Read full review
Review: The Gravedigger's DaughterUser Review - Deb Rudnick - Goodreads
This book was VERY difficult to read. Not because it wasn't well written- it was incredibly well written, but ever so painful. It feels like Oates has had to have been through some incredible ... Read full review