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Beyond the Silk Mills

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Emma Epstein arrives in America in 1898 craving wealth and status. Her husband Meyer, a socialist and textile worker, has a passion for workers' rights, stemming from his days as a weaver in the Jewish ghetto of Lodz, Poland, where he was an activist in the socialist Labor Bund. As she peddles corsets door-to-door, Emma realizes that Meyer will never change or want the sam ...more
Paperback, 326 pages
Published October 1st 2014 by Ltr Productions
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Ken Dowell
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
The story of a family of Jewish immigrants from Poland in the early 20th century. Meyer is focused on organizing the workers in the silk mill. Emma is thinking about making money. He dreams of a socialist society, she of a big house on the east side. Rupley’s story follows this couple and their two children through the Paterson Silk Strike, World War I, a devastating flu epidemic, the suffragette movement and the meteoric rise and fall of the stock market in the 20’s.

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May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this debut novel. I knew nothing about the Paterson strike and appreciated the well-researched facts carefully woven throughout the story. I look forward to the next in this series about the Epstein family.
Apr 01, 2015 rated it liked it
The history of Paterson, NJ is the background. The story is unmemorable and the characters shallow, but the period is captured nicely.
Tasha Witt
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the story of a Jewish couple that immigrates from Poland to America in the early 1900s in search for a better life. They move to Paterson, New Jersey where the husband Meyer joins the working class community to work in the silk mills. As a socialist, Meyer, quickly begins championing for better working conditions and wages to support the workers' families. The community greatly respects his leadership and he coordinates the historic Paterson Silk Strike of 1913. Subsequently, many famili ...more
Apr 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting in a historical fic sort of way, and really liked the characters. Wanted to pick it up and read it, which goes a long way for me.
Donna Kaulkin
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Loved this book. Very strong characters, especially the women, and fascinating view of early 20th century labor movement.
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Leslie Rupley, writer and memoir coach, has two books to her credit as well as twelve ghost-written memoirs. Remembering Childhood: Workbook Your Way to a Finished Memoir (to be released in 2016) offers guidance and inspiration to people who want to begin and finish writing their memoirs. Her meticulously researched debut novel Beyond the Silk Mills (2014) is set in early twentieth century Paterso ...more

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