This is America


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Set against the backdrop of the early nineteen hundreds, This is America! is a magnificently written, well-researched historical novel. It literally makes you feel as if you were transported back to that time period yourself, where you could peek into the lives of Tcharna Gordon and her family as they valiantly try to “make it” in the New World they’ve been thrust into. You can just picture the overwhelmingly noisy and busy streets of New York, over-run with carriages and even some automobiles…the overcrowded sweatshops where so many girl work, and where Papa is insisting that Tcharna find a job…the dizzying atmosphere in the Coney Island amusement park…

Life for the Gordons in America is much easier than how it was in the pogrom-ridden Russia they escaped, at least in a physical sense. However, their new life is not exactly a bed of roses—far from it. This is America! pulses with the very real—and very painful—feelings of a family ripped apart by differences that run too deeply to be pushed under the rug. Reading the book, we become aware of our own array of emotions that rise to the fore as the plot twists and develops—empathy for Mamme’s hurt, frustration for Tcharna’s angst, amusement for Bina-Gittel’s antics…

This is America! is not your typical book. It is a book that enlightens as it entertains; broadens your horizons as it provides enjoyment. Read it and see for yourself—you will not be disappointed!

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