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In researching the life of his boxer father Sonny, historian Moses Lapinsky uncovers a pivotal event. On a hot Toronto night in 1933, at an amateur baseball game at Christie Pits field, four Nazi youths flashed a large black swastika, shouting "Heil Hitler!" Within seconds, a group of Jewish youths charged at them, trying to grab the flag. One of the Nazi youths snatches back the banner and breaks free, running with the flag through the park, setting off a four-hour race riot involving 15,000 people, injuring hundreds, and sending scores to the hospital.

In this panoramic novel, Karen X. Tulchinsky traces the fortunes of the Lapinskys from the evening of the riots through World War II and into the 1950s. It is then, in a boxing ring at Madison Square Garden, that Sonny Lapinsky must decide whether or not to reconcile with a family torn apart by a violent past — a decision that will affect generations to come, including his son and future biographer, Moses. Set against the Great Depression, race riots, and World War II, this family saga about a Jewish boy-cum-champion boxer is filled with humor, sorrow, bravery, folly, and the stuff of everyday life.

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"Devastatingly effective." Now Magazine

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"A lovingly written, sweeping drama." Toronto Star

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"Thoroughly credible. A good, solid, readable work." Globe and Mail

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"Old fashioned in the very best sense: it's got lots of heart." National Post

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In 2003, a mild-mannered historian named Moses Lapinsky jots down notes for a biography. The biography is to be of his father Sonny, a famous Jewish-Canadian boxer. As Moses buries himself in research, he is transported back to the pivotal events in his father's life. In a novel crammed with humour, sorrow, folly, bravery and the richness of everyday life, Tulchinsky traces the remarkable fortunes of the Lapinsky family.

About the Author

Karen X. Tulchinsky is the author of Love and Other Ruins (Polestar, 2001), a sequel to her bestselling novel Love Ruins Everything. She was born in Toronto and now makes her home in Vancouver.

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dykhuis_s, May 2, 2006 (view all comments by dykhuis_s)
A very realistic recreation of the time in Canadian history when immigration was closed to people of the Jewish faith.

The story is well developed and the historical background of the "Lapinsky" family could be that of many Jewish families in Toronto or Montreal during the period of The Great Depression, through World War II, into the mid-1950's.

I loved this book. Being a Montrealer who has family in Toronto I could identify the Toronto neighbourhoods.

Enjoyed this book so much that I'm going to purchase other books by karen X. Tulchinsky.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781551925561
Author:
Tulchinsky, Karen X.
Publisher:
Raincoast Books
Location:
Vancouver, BC
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
FICTION / Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
153
Publication Date:
20050211
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
495
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 27.2 oz

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Product details 495 pages Raincoast Books - English 9781551925561 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Devastatingly effective."
"Review" by , "A lovingly written, sweeping drama."
"Review" by , "Thoroughly credible. A good, solid, readable work."
"Review" by , "Old fashioned in the very best sense: it's got lots of heart."
"Synopsis" by , In 2003, a mild-mannered historian named Moses Lapinsky jots down notes for a biography. The biography is to be of his father Sonny, a famous Jewish-Canadian boxer. As Moses buries himself in research, he is transported back to the pivotal events in his father's life. In a novel crammed with humour, sorrow, folly, bravery and the richness of everyday life, Tulchinsky traces the remarkable fortunes of the Lapinsky family.
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