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They were five young penniless people who came to America at the turn of the century--a land of shining hope and breathtaking challenge. They came to fulfill a glowing promise and take the fearful gamble of a new life in a land where anything was possible.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 5th 1992 by Signet (first published 1983)
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An entertaining and informative read about America in the beginning of the 20th century seen through the eyes of five young immigrants. I think it captures the feel of that time and the characters are pretty interesting. My actual rating is 3,5 stars.

Jake, Russian, and Marco, Italian, become friends on the boat to America on their way (for better or for worse) to make their dream come true and become rich. Soon they find out that being rich doesn't mean the same as being happy. Bridget and Georg
Jul 25, 2011 Tori added it
2010- This book wasn't that bad, someone randomly picked it up for me, so I was unsure what to expect. I thought the author did a good job of picturing some of the hardships immigrants went through, although the later storylines were a bit unbelievable. I also found it odd that although we were introduced to five main characters at the beginning, the author choose to focus most of the story on two of the men. And although most of the storylines were connected, the mining sections seemed a bit re ...more
I enjoyed reading about the history of the early 1900s and what the immigrants had to face as they entered their new surroundings, but the fictionalized parts of the story were quite unbelievable, especially when trying to tie up loose ends in the final chapter. The author also did way too much foreshadowing. There were no surprises.

As far as I can tell, Stewart did seem to accurately portray life during this era - covering topics such as poverty, politics, prejudice, music, unions, morality, a
Donna Zigmont
I really enjoyed this book.I've read a few of the authors other books as well.I liked that the characters who came over on the ship didn't all end up living on the same street in the same neighborhood.And I also liked that they made mistakes and didn't become succesful right away,each had to work at it.I didn't like the character Nellie,she was a piece of work.And I didn't care for Monty Staunton or Bill Fargo either,they were both pieces of work.The one thing that did disappoint me with the sto ...more
Great fiction on early immigration on the east coast
An excellent novel recounting the lives of five immigrants from Russian, Bohemia, Italy and Ireland who enter the US through Ellis Island during the first decade of the twentieth century. The book is very-well researched and the author provides a vivid portrait of America during the early decades of the twentieth century....ranging from the terrible poverty of many all the way through the incredible wealth amassed by many in the era immediately preceding the institution of the federal income tax ...more
Who says historical fiction needs to be "literary"? This mass-market flash-back to early 1900's New York City was a quick read full of short sentences and cheap thrills. The author did a good job in bringing the setting to life, the characters had enough heart to be interesting and their hijinks were timeless. Fun read.
This is one of those books that doesn't take too much thought because there really isn't all that much insight but it really is a good story. The story is rich and compelling. It captured my imagination and heart.

It's a great one for a plane ride or a beach stay.
3.5 stars. This book isn't anything groundbreaking, but it's a nice story of immigrants who came through Ellis Island and some of the hardships they faced. It was extremely unrealistic at points, but the story was decent and I really enjoyed it.
WOW! talk about an intresting story this book takes you through two young immigrant friends story on becoming apart of the "Golden Paved" streets of america, But it seems that to live where the "Maids have Maids" wasnt as simple as it seemed.
There is nothing spectacular about this book. It was fun, a creative story and well paced. The writing is good, but isn't literary genius. Overall, this is a solid book worth testing if you like historical fiction.
Better than expected story of five immigrants and their lives, loves & fortunes after coming through Ellis Island.
Sarah Sammis
Another one I read while camping. Actually I've read it an number of times and I still enjoy it.
Interesting view of New York in the early 20th century
Celene Swagler
LOVE LOVE LOVE this book.
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Fred Mustard Stewart was an American novelist. His most popular books were The Mephisto Waltz (1969), adapted for a 1971 film starring Alan Alda; Six Weeks (1976), made into a 1982 film starring Mary Tyler Moore; Century, a New York Times best-seller in 1981; and Ellis Island (1983), which became a CBS mini-series in 1984.

Stewart graduated from Princeton University in 1954. He originally planned t
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