The Gravedigger's Daughter

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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  - Kelli Johnson - Goodreads

I do not believe I have read this author before and after this book, I'm not likely to seek out her other books even though I know she has won awards. I found myself skimming paragraphs and pages to ... Read full review

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User 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

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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, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including We Were the Mulvaneys; Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award; and the New York Times bestseller The Accursed. 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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