We Were Strangers Once
A NovelBook - 2017
"On the eve of World War II, Egon Schneider--a gallant and successful Jewish doctor, son of two world-famous naturalists--escapes his beloved Germany to an uncertain future across the sea. Settling into the rhythms of upper Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood, Egon seeks solace within a circle of eccentric fellow immigrants who are at once bound by, and set adrift from, their own complicated pasts. But despite the many promises of Franklin D. Roosevelt's dawning American dream, carving out a new life proves harder than it seems, even for the canniest newcomes: Egon's closest friend, the acerbic bestselling author Meyer Leavitt, has been reduced to wearing a sandwich board on a New York street corner. Headstrong Catrina Harty, the daughter of a dirt-poor Irish trolley driver, finds herself entangled in the Harlem underworld, negotiating heartbreak and loss as she forges an unlikely alliance to save herself and those she loves. Even Egon, denied the right to practice medicine in his adoptive country, must instead accept the label of 'Cheese Man' at the local grocery store, coming home each night to his faithful dog while searching for love and a greater meaning in New York's darkest corners. Yet these are tenacious men and women--united as much by their differences as by their memories of the worlds they left behind. And when their little group is faced with an existential threat, the strangers rise up together and discover what makes a community truly a home"--Pages 2-3 of dust jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : Grand Central Publishing, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
Characteristics: 327 pages ; 24 cm