Hungry Hearts And Other Stories
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Hungry Hearts And Other Stories

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Anzia Yeziersska was the first Jewish-American woman to achieve wide recognition for her stories. These are powerfully told tales of the hardships of discrimination and assimilation faced by the immigrants who populated New York's slums, of the determined women who strive to overcome their humble beginnings, and of their fierce desire to attain the "American Dream".
Published April 1st 2001 by Persea Books (first published 1920)
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Kressel Housman
This is a collection of short stories by Anzia Yezierska, of whom I was a die-hard fan in my early 20's. I liked her novels better, but all her writing is the same: set amongst Jews of the Lower East Side and featuring a female protagonist desperate to get out. The best and longest story in this collection is "The Fat of the Land," and it won "Best Short Story of 1920" and was made into a film. But the quote I remember best was from another of her stories about heartbreak: "I've breathed the air...more
There aren't enough stars to rate this work and I don't think this is a work that should be rated. I will however give it the highest number in the currently popular star rating system, FIVE.
Attaching stars to this book though feels like I'm sullying her and her author.

If I were told that I could only have ten books for the rest of my life, this would be one of them.
Elsie Klumpner
I read about 2/3 of the book. The author wrote in the early 20th century about the immigrant experience, probably most Jewish, probably set in New York. The book is made up of a number of stories, each about different characters. Each story is about an immigrant with a "hunger" hence the title. The stories are very sad and affecting. The atmosphere is chaotic, with many of the characters living with a panicky desperation as they worry about finding their place in America and often about also fin...more
A very readable collection of short stories about immigrants in New York in the early part of the 1900s. The women who populate these stories are all searching for themselves and for their piece of the American dream that they bet on when they left their villages in Poland and Russia to come to New York. The women now find themselves barely scraping by while trying to break free from the poverty and daily grind of children and sweatshops. I found the characters compelling and their voracious des...more
This is about as saccharine and sentimental as it gets.
Falling under the genre of "working girl's fiction," these stories are all about Eastern European immigrants in New York in the 1920. As the title implies, all of the characters are hungry for various things: to be an American, to be educated, to be loved, etc. Very readable, I enjoyed it very much. Interesting side note: apparently Yezierska was the first author to use Yiddish expressions in her characters' dialogue. Hm! The things you learn when you read the introduction!
overall i thought this book was pretty's a collection of short stories dealing with the lives of Jewish immigrant women. Some of the stories i thought were really good, others not so...
Perhaps it's my own family connection to the stories, but Yezierska's work touches me. I find her stories fascinating, and her protagonists heartbreaking.
"Hungry Hearts" was Anzia's first book. See the rating for "The Open Cage."
Yezierska always comes through.
Ryan Mishap
You. Read. Now. Short story collection.
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Date of Birth: 1885
Date of Death: 1970

Anzia Yezierska, the youngest of nine children, was born into poverty circa 1885 in Russian Poland. Her family immigrated to the Lower East Side of Manhattan around 1892. Immigration officials used the oldest child's name, Mayer, as the last name of the family and switched Anzia's name to Harriet, and so she became Hattie Mayer. After attending elementary scho...more
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