The Gravedigger's Daughter
Joyce Carol Oates
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Fleeing Nazi Germany in 1936, the Schwarts immigrate to a small town in upstate New York. Here the father—a former high school teacher—is demeaned by the only job he can get: gravedigger and cemetery caretaker. When local prejudice and the family's own emotional frailty give rise to an unthinkable tragedy, the gravedigger's daughter, Rebecca heads out into America. Embarking upon an extraordinary odyssey of erotic risk and ingenious self-invention, she seeks renewal, redemption, and peace—on the road to a bittersweet and distinctly “American” triumph.
From Publishers Weekly
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Classic JCO......a character you disdain, admire, loathe, ache for, despise and root for all at the same time throughout the read. At the end of the book you care so much and know you will miss her and think of her often. Though painful and frustrating at times (which I'm sure is just what the author wanted), I must say I enjoyed this book immensely,