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Publisher Comments:

Persea's 25th anniversary edition of this classic of twentieth-century American literature. More than 250,000 copies sold.

Set on New York's Lower East Side during the 1920s, this is the moving story of a young woman's struggle to free herself from the traditional female role in an Orthodox Jewish family and society. Sara Smolinksy, the youngest daughter of a rabbi, watches as her father marries off her sisters into dire circumstances, and she vows to escape this fate. She leaves home, takes a job as an ironer, and rents a room with a door: "This door was life. It was air. The bottom starting-point of becoming a person." Sara's rebellion and her struggle for self-fulfillment — for education, work, and a marriage based on love — resonates with a passionate intensity all can share.

In this new edition, the original text is retained; the introduction is updated; and a new foreword is added describing the discovery of this important work and the relationship with Yezierska's daughter that followed.

Review:

"One of the authentic and touching testaments of the struggle of Jewish immigrants, especially Jewish women, to find their way in the new world." Irving Howe

Review:

"Through profuse and perceptive dialogue, Anzia Yezierska brings to life a heritage whose strength, wisdom, and idiom continue, seventy years later, to enrich North American culture and language." Jesse Larsen, 500 Great Books by Women

Synopsis:

'The classic novel of Jewish immigrants, with period photographs.\n

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About the Author

Anzia Yezierska (1889-1970), a Polish Jewish immigrant, wrote about "her people" — the Jews of the Lower East Side — in an autobiography, short stories, and novels, many published by Persea.

Alice Kessler-Harris, a women's and labor historian, is on the faculty of Columbia University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780892550142
Subtitle:
A Novel
Introduction:
Kessler-Harris, Alice
Author:
Yezierska, Anzia
Foreword:
Kessler-Harris, Alice
Author:
Kessler-Harris, Alice
Publisher:
Persea
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Fathers and daughters
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Children of immigrants
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Rev. ed.
Edition Description:
Persea Annivers
Series Volume:
#30
Publication Date:
20030801
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 black-and-white photographs
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3 x 1 in 0.75 lb

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Product details 336 pages Persea Books Inc. - English 9780892550142 Reviews:
"Review" by , "One of the authentic and touching testaments of the struggle of Jewish immigrants, especially Jewish women, to find their way in the new world."
"Review" by , "Through profuse and perceptive dialogue, Anzia Yezierska brings to life a heritage whose strength, wisdom, and idiom continue, seventy years later, to enrich North American culture and language."
"Synopsis" by , 'The classic novel of Jewish immigrants, with period photographs.\n

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