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The Gravedigger's Daughter
The Gravedigger's Daughter | Joyce Carol Oates
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Fleeing Nazi Germany in 1936, the Schwarts immigrate to a small town in upstate New York. Here the fathera former high school teacheris demeaned by the only job he can get: gravedigger and cemetery caretaker. When local prejudice and the family's own emotional frailty give rise to an unthinkable tragedy, the gravedigger's daughter, Rebecca heads out into America. Embarking upon an extraordinary odyssey of erotic risk and ingenious self-invention, she seeks renewal, redemption, and peaceon the road to a bittersweet and distinctly American triumph.
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catebutler
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Following a female protagonist from the 1930‘s to 1990‘s. The story is a sweeping saga, which reminded me quite a bit of Steinbeck‘s ‘East of Eden‘ or Cather‘s ‘My Antonia‘ with a heroine as determined and plucky as Scarlet O‘Hara. The book addresses heavy issues & themes of identity, suffering, abuse, sacrifice & the elusive idea of what defines us as human beings. So reader be warned, especially if you‘re a sensitive reader.

maich Pretty pictures❤ 1mo
catebutler @maich Thank you! 😊 1mo
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SqueakyChu
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I just started reading this book. It‘s been many years since I‘ve read a book by this author. I remember seeing Joyce Carol Oates at a past #NationalBookFestival when this book was new. She had remarked that, while writing this book, she had felt compelled to research her family‘s #Jewish roots. I‘m wondering what this book (by such a prolific author) is about. I‘ll soon find out! 😃

SqueakyChu I bailed because I had an intense dislike for the three main male characters and did not like the direction in which the story was going. I might have forced my way through this book if it had not been over 500 pages. (edited) 11mo
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MelissaSue81 Chips and salsa. 😍😍😍 2y
jerra I always eat all chips in the first few pages!! Doesn‘t matter how many chips I have. 2y
rather_be_reading @jerra haha! 😂😂 2y
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Tonton
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I love Oate‘s titles, though I‘ve only read a few. This is my third, found in a used bookstore. I look at the US from the outside in; don‘t count my years in NYC as it is onto itself. So this book was very intriguing in its depiction of how immigration, discrimination and misogyny led a woman to constantly reinvent herself to achieve a sort of American dream, and find a tenuous link to her real family, victims of the Holocaust.

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Behzigikwe
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I'm very unsure yet what to say. It's only been a few hours since I finished it - not enough time yet to think.

GoldenGirl I know! This book stayed with me a long while too. 3y
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