Julia Cordell
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A good book to read to learn about Jewish Life in the early 20th century in the US?

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Marji Morris Jewish life, yes. Judaism, no. More accurately, it depicts the Jewish immigrant experience in the early 20th century.
Wise Cat I don't know about Jewish life per se, but it really didn't have much depth about life itself. Subjects like rape, abortion, suicide and sexual harassment, and PTSD are in it, yet it doesn't go into how it impacted the protagonist during that era. These subjects weren't talked about like now. So much was going on in the early 20th century, yet it just briefly mentioned them (i.e. WWI), as if commenting on the weather. "It rained a lot that winter." "WWI started."

Jewish or not, they are heavy topics (esp. for women at that time) and it could have had so much more insight in that context.

I was disappointed in it. Gave it 2 stars.
Kathryn Young It's about a Jewish girl coming of age, finding her own self, resisting being relegated to the "old ways" as her mother would prefer. You get a picture of being a Jewish immigrant in Boston in the early 1900s. I really loved it.
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