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Chenia Arnow is a Russian-Jewish immigrant in 1950s New York, a sharp-witted, Betty Grable look-alike whose accent and Old-World superstitions mask untapped passions and intellectual curiosity. Her husband Ruben is a handsome philanderer who has a knack for creating phony lawsuits. Their precocious daughter Devorah, tellsand often imaginesthe richly involving story of their lives. No one expects the devoted Chenia to fall under the spell of a lover of her own, but the Arnows' lives unfold in many surprises. In tart and seductive storytelling,Swimming Toward the Oceanfollows husbands and wives and children through often shifting and misguided connections, illuminating the timeless patterns of immigrant life, and the search for love and a place in a new world.

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From the author of the Flannery O'Connor Award — winning collection Useful Gifts, a sharp and tender debut novel chronicling the boisterous life and loves of a Russian Jewish immigrant family in 1950s New York City.

Chenia Arnow is a Betty Grable look-alike, passionate, sharp-witted, in many ways still Old World. Her husband Ruben is a handsome philanderer; they have three children. No one expects the devoted Chenia to fall under the spell of a lover of her own, but the Arnows' lives unfold in many surprises. In tart and seductive storytelling, Swimming Toward the Ocean follows husbands and wives and children through an often comical kaleidoscope of shifting and misguided connections, ever sympathetic to their restless — if stumbling — quests for love.

About the Author

Carole L. Glickfeld was born in Brooklyn and grew up in the Inwood section of Manhattan. She graduated from the City College of New York with a B.A. in languages and literature, and studied at Hunter Graduate School. Her collection of short stories, Useful Gifts, won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction in 1989. Carole Glickfeld is the recipient of a Literary Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has taught at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and teaches creative writing at the University of Washington. She lives in Seattle.

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ISBN:
9780307428035
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Author:
Glickfeld, Carole L.
Author:
Carole L. Glickfeld
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Russian Americans
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Adultery
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Brooklyn
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20020226
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
400

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"Synopsis" by , From the author of the Flannery O'Connor Award — winning collection Useful Gifts, a sharp and tender debut novel chronicling the boisterous life and loves of a Russian Jewish immigrant family in 1950s New York City.

Chenia Arnow is a Betty Grable look-alike, passionate, sharp-witted, in many ways still Old World. Her husband Ruben is a handsome philanderer; they have three children. No one expects the devoted Chenia to fall under the spell of a lover of her own, but the Arnows' lives unfold in many surprises. In tart and seductive storytelling, Swimming Toward the Ocean follows husbands and wives and children through an often comical kaleidoscope of shifting and misguided connections, ever sympathetic to their restless — if stumbling — quests for love.

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