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A Good American by Alex George
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Feb 22, 12

Read from February 18 to 20, 2012

“A Good American” by Alex George, published by Amy Einhorn Books

Category – Fiction/Literature

This is a far reaching novel in that it covers the years from 1904 to 2003. Frederick and Jette are living in Austria and due to unusual circumstances find their way to New York to start a new life in the New World. Although they are headed elsewhere due to Jette’s pregnancy they settle in the town of Beatrice, Missouri. This suits them well in that most of the residents are German and speak German, the only language they know.

Frederick in awe of this new land and feeling he owed it something enlists in the Army at the age of forty-five and is sent off to fight in World War I. This does not sit well with Jette but she has no say in the matter.

Frederick did leave behind ownership of a bar, and Jette took over the management of it. The bar falls on hard times though when Prohibition is passed. In order to sustain themselves they turn the bar into a restaurant. The restaurant flourishes and becomes the mainstay of the family.

The story is rooted in the family and the trials and tribulations that they must face. The family has secrets within itself that cause doubt and mistrust. It is how they face these problems and overcome them that form the core of the book.

A good read but one that sometimes finds itself a little long and a little to alliterative.
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Carly Svamvour Well said - a little long and a little too alliterative ... I like that word - thanks.

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