The Gravedigger's Daughter

The Gravedigger's Daughter

A Novel

Book - 2007
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Fleeing Nazi Germany in 1936, the Schwarts immigrate to a small town in upstate New York. Here the father--a former high school teacher--is 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 peace--on the road to a bittersweet and distinctly "American" triumph.

Publisher: New York : Ecco, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061236839
9780061236822
0061236829
Characteristics: 582 p. ; 24 cm

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bibliouncommon
May 21, 2011

This is an amazing story about the enduring power of family secrets. I had been avoiding this book because I know the author to be very dark. Although she lived up to this reuputation, she also demonstrated excellent storytelling and characterizations. It is a holocaust story that dwells on the nature of escape and survival.

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Melissa_Ouellette
Sep 02, 2010

Interesting story, good characters.

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