The Resource The houseguest, Kim Brooks

The houseguest, Kim Brooks

Label
The houseguest
Title
The houseguest
Statement of responsibility
Kim Brooks
Title variation
House guest
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
It is the summer of 1941 and Abe Auer, a Russian immigrant and small-town junkyard owner, has become disenchanted with his life. So when his friend Max Hoffman, a local rabbi with a dark past, asks Abe to take in a European refugee, he agrees, unaware that the woman coming to live with him is a volatile and alluring actress named Ana Beidler. Ana regales the Auer family with tales of her lost stardom and charms and mystifies Abe with her glamour and unabashed sexuality, forcing him to confront his own desire as well as the ghost of his dead brother. As news filters out of Europe, American Jews struggle to make sense of the atrocities. Some want to bury their heads in the sand while others want to create a Jewish army that would fight Hitler and promote bold, wide-spread rescue initiatives. And when a popular Manhattan synagogue is burned to the ground, our characters begin to feel the drumbeat of war is marching ever closer to home. Set on the eve of America's involvement in World War II, The Houseguest examines a little-known aspect of the war and highlights the network of organizations seeking to help Jews abroad, just as masses of people seeking to escape Europe are turned away from American shores. It moves seamlessly from the Yiddish theaters of Second Avenue to the junkyards of Utica to the covert world of political activists, Jewish immigrants, and the stars and discontents of New Yorks Yiddish stage. Ultimately, The Houseguest is a moving story about identity, family, and the decisions that define who we will become
Cataloging source
BTCTA
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Brooks, Kim
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3602.R64433
LC item number
H68 2016
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Immigrants
  • Russians
  • Jews
  • Refugees
  • World War, 1939-1945
Label
The houseguest, Kim Brooks
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
369 pages
Isbn
9781619026056
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)922911687
  • 633516
  • (OCoLC)ocn922911687
  • 633516
Label
The houseguest, Kim Brooks
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
369 pages
Isbn
9781619026056
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)922911687
  • 633516
  • (OCoLC)ocn922911687
  • 633516

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