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Fourteen-year-old Carsie Akselrod and her younger sister, Lilia, flee the Russian pogroms to live with relatives on New York's teeming, dangerous Lower East Side. Like many Jewish immigrant Americans in the early 1900s, the girls go to work in sweatshops, eventually taking jobs at the ill-fated Triangle Waist Company, scene of the infamous 1911 industrial fire that claimed ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published March 10th 2012 by Daniel and Daniel Publishers
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Elena
Jun 25, 2012 Elena rated it it was amazing
It is easy to forget, when surrounded by modern conveniences, what many of our ancestors went through in order to build a new life in North America. City of Slaughter by Cynthia Drew sheds light on the harsh realities of immigrant life in New York City in the early twentieth century. The story opens with a horrific pogrom in a Jewish village in Russia in what was known as "the Pale," the region where the Jews were compelled to live. Thirteen year old Carsie Axelrod witnesses her parents brutally ...more
Sue Seligman
Nov 30, 2012 Sue Seligman rated it liked it
I'm not really sure how I feel about this novel. I enjoy reading historical fiction, and especially books about Jewish American history, and when I read the synopsis and the reviews about this book, I couldn't wait to read it. The plot intrigued me and the beginning of the book which takes place in Russia during the time of the pogroms against the Jews hooked me in with the realistic descriptions and at times, the horrifying depictions of violence and destruction. When the progression of the ...more
Marissa Cain
Jun 09, 2013 Marissa Cain rated it really liked it
I read this months ago, but I can still picture images from the story in my mind. I felt transported to that time setting. The narrator was a loveable character, strong and well developed. If you are a fan of historical fiction, this is definitely one to read.
Rebecca
Nov 26, 2012 Rebecca rated it liked it
A good solid 3.5 stars for me.

At first I didn't like this book. I found the writing different than anything that I had encountered. I mean this book is supposed to be a saga. I was hoping to really be invested into the characters. In stead I got a lot of short sentences and things that happened without any pre-story to accompany it. I had put the book down for a week but then felt myself drawn back to it. I found that through the book (with it's many characters and seemingly random events) I fou
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Shira Reiss
Jun 16, 2012 Shira Reiss rated it it was amazing
This book made my husband and I think of our own families: The majority of my husband's relatives worked in the garment industry. We never thought about what life was like for them and it was never discussed by his parents or grandparents.

WE both felt the book was extraordinary. It provided a whole new perspective on how the Jewish immigrants suffered in Russia and what they suffered to arrive to the U.S. and then the unbelievable suffering they went through once they arrived to the lower east
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Rory Costello
Jun 24, 2013 Rory Costello rated it really liked it
This is a grim and harrowing story, but ultimately rewarding. It's about the efforts of women (and men) to surmount the series of grave obstacles that they face in life. It reminded me of the naturalist fiction of Zola and Frank Norris, but with a modern feel. Certainly not sentimental, but not too bleak either, and the pace is very brisk. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Dottie Resnick
May 01, 2012 Dottie Resnick rated it it was amazing
This is a phenomenal book! It is a captivating book following two young girls from the pograms in Russia to the tenements in New York City. Their courage and determination was astounding and believable. I had a hard time putting the book down.
Ellen
May 01, 2012 Ellen rated it really liked it
I love historic fiction. It held my attention imediately. A story of survival from the Ukraine to New York City.
Jane
Dec 27, 2012 Jane rated it really liked it
I like historical fiction and this book really intertwined history of the Russian pogroms and life on the lower east side in the early 1900's with the fictional characters.
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Jun 18, 2012 Maureen Chason rated it really liked it
Extremely interesting.
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