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The German Bride
by Joanna Hershon

Overview - Berlin, 1861. Eva Frank, a sixteen-year-old Jewess, has her portrait painted, which leads to an indiscretion that has devastating consequences. Desperate to escape a painful situation, Eva marries Abraham Shein, an ambitious merchant who has returned home to Germany for the first time in a decade since establishing himself in the American West.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Berlin, 1861. Eva Frank, a sixteen-year-old Jewess, has her portrait painted, which leads to an indiscretion that has devastating consequences. Desperate to escape a painful situation, Eva marries Abraham Shein, an ambitious merchant who has returned home to Germany for the first time in a decade since establishing himself in the American West. The young bride leaves Berlin and its ghosts for an unfamiliar life halfway across the world, traversing the icy waters of the Atlantic and the rugged, sweeping terrain of the Santa Fe Trail.
Though Eva's existence in the rough and burgeoning community of Sante Fe, New Mexico, is a far cry from her life as a daughter of privilege, she soon begins to settle into the mystifying town. But this new setting cannot keep at bay the overwhelming memories of her former life, nor can it protect her from an increasing threat to her own safety that will force Eva to make a fateful decision.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780345468468
  • ISBN-10: 0345468465
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
  • Publish Date: March 2009
  • Page Count: 336


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The German Bride

Hershon's third novel is a richly imagined work of historical fiction that takes place in the American West in the 1860s. After a scandal strikes her family, Eva Frank, a young German Jew, leaves Berlin with her new husband, Abraham, and his brother, Meyer, both thriving dry goods salesmen. Hoping to establish themselves in America, they travel to New Mexico and settle in Santa Fe. But once there, it becomes clear that Abraham has other plans—and other inclinations. A womanizer who is addicted to gambling, Abraham—an unlikely father—nevertheless insists that he wants to start a family. But a series of miscarriages and the strangeness of her surroundings drive Eva to despair. Relying on her dowry, she makes plans to leave Santa Fe and her husband and start a new life in San Francisco. This is easier said than done, thanks to volatile, unpredictable Abraham, who becomes a dangerous obstacle on Eva's path to happiness. Hershon, author of Swimming and The Outside of August, brings the West into sharp focus in this compelling and lyrically written novel. With Eva, she offers readers a complex and strong-willed heroine, who is determined to make a place for herself in an unfamiliar world.

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