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Why She Married Him

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History and fiction merge in this richly embroidered tale of a young Jewish woman in early 20th-century France.

Set in Paris in the early 1900s, Why She Married Him tells the story of Nina Schavranski, a beautiful young Russian Jewish émigré at a crossroads in her life. At 22, in the immigrant community of Belle Epoque Paris, Ninas choices are few. She works in her fathers tailor shop, attends political lectures and night school, striving to be an intellectual, “modern” woman. But Ninas sensual nature and her longing for freedom remain unfulfilled. The answer to the question of why she marries Abraham Podselver, a struggling fashion illustrator with socialist dreams, lies in the sum of Ninas experiences—which unwind like a bolt of silk as the novel moves backward in time. We see Nina enjoy her first real love—who abandons her for better opportunities in America. We see the Schavranskis when they first arrive in Paris, struggling to make it out of the Marais ghetto. We see the family in Yekaterinoslav in Ukraine, where they enjoyed a comfortable, cultured life until a series of bloody pogroms forced them into exile.

Capturing both the sweep of history and the private joys and turmoil of a complex young woman, Why She Married Him is rich, satisfying historical fiction. Inspired by an unpublished memoir by the authors grandmother, found years after her death, the novel is infused with passion.

Synopsis:

History and fiction merge in this richly embroidered tale of a young Jewish woman in early 20th-century France.

About the Author

Myriam Chapman

Myriam Chapman teaches French at New York City's Bank Street School for Children. Why She Married Him is her first novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781590511756
Author:
Chapman, Myriam
Publisher:
Other Press (NY)
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Married women
Subject:
Jewish women
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
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Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Historical
Edition Description:
Parental Adviso
Publication Date:
20051031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.2 x 6.35 x 1.25 in 1.4 lb

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