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Among the Living
by Jonathan Rabb


Overview - Jonathan Rabb is one of my favorite writers, a highly gifted, heart-wise storyteller if ever there was one. What a powerful, moving book. David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning author

A moving novel about a Holocaust survivor s unconventional journey back to a new normal in 1940s Savannah, Georgia

In late summer 1947, thirty-one-year-old Yitzhak Goldah, a camp survivor, arrives in Savannah to live with his only remaining relatives.
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Overview
Jonathan Rabb is one of my favorite writers, a highly gifted, heart-wise storyteller if ever there was one. What a powerful, moving book. David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning author

A moving novel about a Holocaust survivor s unconventional journey back to a new normal in 1940s Savannah, Georgia

In late summer 1947, thirty-one-year-old Yitzhak Goldah, a camp survivor, arrives in Savannah to live with his only remaining relatives. They are Abe and Pearl Jesler, older, childless, and an integral part of the thriving Jewish community that has been in Georgia since the founding of the colony. There, Yitzhak discovers a fractured world, where Reform and Conservative Jews live separate lives distinctions, to him, that are meaningless given what he has been through. He further complicates things when, much to the Jeslers dismay, he falls in love with Eva, a young widow within the Reform community. When a woman from Yitzhak s past suddenly appears one who is even more shattered by the war than he is Yitzhak must choose between a dark and tortured familiarity and the promise of a bright new life.
Set amid the backdrop of America s postwar south, Among the Livinggrapples with questions of identity and belonging, and steps beyond the Jewish experience as it situates Yitzhak s story within the last gasp of the Jim Crow era. That he begins to find echoes of his recent past in the lives of the black family who work for the Jeslers an affinity he does not share with the Jeslers themselves both surprises and convinces Yitzhak that his choices are not as clear-cut as he might think."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781590518038
  • ISBN-10: 1590518039
  • Publisher: Other Press (NY)
  • Publish Date: October 2016
  • Page Count: 320
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.15 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-11-14
  • Reviewer: Staff

Rabb (The Berlin Trilogy) delves into the struggle to rebuild a life after unfathomable loss in this moving post-war novel. Yitzhak Goldah arrives in Savannah, Georgia, in 1947, two years after being freed from the Nazi camps where he lost his entire immediate family and his fiancé. He has come to the US to live with Abe and Pearl Jesler, his only remaining family, who almost immediately begin calling him Ike to Americanize his name. At just thirty-one, Ike is eager to overcome the trauma he experienced during the warmemories that are shared to great effect via flashbackbut finds himself overwhelmed by the expectations of those around him. People stumble over their words, hesitate to ask questions, and use taking care of him as a way to prove their own goodness. But when Ike meets and falls in love with Eva, who comes from Savannahs Reform community with which the Jeslers Conservative community clashes, he is suddenly thrust into a longstanding feud between the Jewish communitiesa conflict that seems ridiculous to him. His efforts to rebuild his own life are further muddied when the fiancé he believed to be dead shows up on the Jeslers doorstep. Although some of the drama and tension falls flat, this is an engaging exploration of what happens after unthinkable violence and suffering, and how people struggle both to overcome what they experience directly and make sense of experiences they learn of second-hand. (Oct.)

 
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