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A Penny for the Violin Man

4.5  ·  Rating Details ·  2 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
An absorbing epic view of daily life in the 1930s through the tragedy of 9/11—tracing the valiant Schecter family's ongoing struggles. The story follows head of the family, Norman, fiercely battling for the creation of a teachers' union during the crucible of the Great Depression. His beloved wife, Marsa, strives to keep their family fed and clothed. Neatly woven ...more
Paperback, 408 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Circle Of Life Publishing (first published 2010)
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Chris Phillips
Sep 14, 2010 Chris Phillips rated it it was amazing
Rill writes a historical fiction novel detailing the life of a second generation German Jew growing up and living in New York City. Norman Schecter is the main character. Norman was born on New Year’s Day 1899/1900. Through the book he ages to 105 years old. There are segments interspersed from both the past and the future in book time. The Prologue begins with Norman at 99 entering the Twin Towers on 9/11. He turns 100 shortly thereafter. Chapter 1 reverts to the Summer of 1937, on Amboy Street ...more
Anna Dye
Aug 15, 2010 Anna Dye rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Adults
A Penny for the Violin Man is a very interesting book that portrays the life of Norman, an immigrant Jewish teacher being forced to choose between employment or the unions in New York. The tale is vivid and intriguing, though the extent of the vulgarity in the beginning didn’t let me enjoy it as much. It seems to be out of character for Norman, who is a practicing Jew and teacher, to resort to swearing in English to communicate with other Jews—I don’t buy it.
The book starts with Norman, his wif
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