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North River by Pete Hamill
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Set in the early 1930's in New York, Dr. Jim Delany has returned to his medical practice after serving in and being wounded in World War I. But he feels empty and lonely. His wife has deserted him, and his daughter has eloped with her Mexican husband. His life suddenly changes when he finds his 3 year old grandson on his doorstep--his daughter has gone to find her missing husband. Delany hires an illegal Italian immigrant, Rosa, to act as the child's caregiver while he tends to his practice. Predictably, Delany begins to have feelings for Rose and his life becomes meaningful again. The reader is given a close up view of people and their everyday lives in New York City during the Depression.
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