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Title Barren Island : a novel / Carol Zoref.
Author Zoref, Carol, author.
Publication Kalamazoo, Michigan : New Issues Poetry & Prose, Western Michigan University, 2017.
Copyright date ©2017
Edition First American edition.
Description 1 online resource (415 pages).
text file
Call # eBOOK
Series New Issues Poetry & Prose
New Issues poetry & prose.
Summary "How does one remember a world that literally no longer exists? How do the moral imperatives to do so correspond to the personal needs that make it possible? Told from the point-of-view of Marta Eisenstein Lane on the occasion of her 80th birthday, Barren Island is the story of a factory island in New York's Jamaica Bay, where the city's dead horses and other large animals were rendered into glue and fertilizer from the mid-19th century until the 1930's. The island itself is as central to the story as the members of the Jewish, Greek, Italian, Irish, and African-American factory families that inhabit it, including those who live their entire lives steeped in the smell of burning animal flesh. The story begins with the arrival of the Eisenstein family, immigrants from Eastern Europe, and explores how the political and social upheavals of the 1930's affect them and their neighbors in the years between the stock market crash of October 1929 and the start of World War II ten years later. Labor strife, union riots, the New Deal, the World's Fair, and the struggle to save European Jews from the growing threat of Nazi terror inform this novel as much as the explosion of civil and social liberties between the two World Wars. Barren Island, finally, is a novel in which the existence of God is argued with a God that may no longer exist or, perhaps, never did"
Contents Cover; Title Page; Acknowledgments; Chapter 0; Chapter 1; Chapter 2; Chapter 3; Chapter 4; Chapter 5; Chapter 6; Chapter 7; Chapter 8; Chapter 9; Chapter 10; Chapter 11; Chapter 12; Chapter 13; Chapter 14; Chapter 15; Chapter 16; Chapter 17; Chapter 18; Chapter 19; Chapter 20; Chapter 21; Chapter 22
Awards Winner of the AWP Award for the Novel
Note Print version record.
Subject Jamaica Bay (N.Y.) -- Fiction.
FICTION -- Coming of Age.
Bildungsromans. (OCoLC)fst00831688
Atlantic Ocean -- Jamaica Bay. (OCoLC)fst01260163
Genre Electronic books.
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
Related To Print version: Zoref, Carol. Barren Island. First American Edition. Kalamazoo, Michigan : New Issues Poetry & Prose, Western Michigan University, 2017 1936970449 (DLC) 2016930279 (OCoLC)956340745
ISBN 9781936970568 (electronic bk.)
1936970562 (electronic bk.)

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