Synopses & Reviews
Through interviews with 41 Jewish women who came of age in Brownsville, New York in the 1940s and 1950s, Ford (Empire State College) explores the choices "the girls" made within the cultural constraints of that postwar period. Themes include the neglect of women in previous histories of this former immigrant haven, the cult of domesticity, and new dilemmas facing their daughters.
This book tells the stories of the Jewish women who came of age in Brownsville, Brooklyn, in the 1940s and 1950s. Through in-depth interviews with more than forty women, Carole Bell Ford explores the choices these women made and the boundaries within which they made them, offering fresh insights into the culture and values of Jewish women in the postwar period. Not content to remain in the past, The Girls is also a story of women who live in the present, who lead fulfilling lives even as they struggle to adjust to changes in American society that conflict with their own values and that have profoundly affected the lives of their children and grandchildren.