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The Gravedigger's Daughter



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Author
Oates, Joyce Carol
Descriptors
Abuse
Domestic Fiction
Family History
Family Relationships
Fathers and Daughters
Immigrants
Survival
Suspense
Young Women
Location/Setting:
New York
Time Period:
1930s
1940s
1950s
1960s
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Summary
The Schwart family escapes Nazi Germany in 1939 only to become victims of anti-Semitism in their new home in a small upstate New York mill town where the family's father, Jacob, has become the cemetery caretaker and gravedigger. Their youngest child, Rebecca, survives an impoverished and emotionally abusive childhood only to become a victim of her abusive `husband` Tignor. When Rebecca finally escapes him, she reinvents herself, changing her name and denying her young son and herself any notion of history, family and identity.
Critique
An engrossing read but with some difficult content concerning the Holocaust and spousal abuse. An emotional and suspenseful story of a woman's triumph and survival of the worst of circumstances. An excellent choice for book clubs. Recommended reading.
ISBN
9780061236822
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# of Pages
582
Published
2007
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Reviewer's Initials: CO BRM


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