The Gravedigger's Daughter

The Gravedigger's Daughter

A Novel

Book - 2008
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In 1936 the Schwarts, an immigrant family desperate to escape Nazi Germany, settle in a small town in upstate New York, where the father, a former high school teacher, is demeaned by the only job he can get: gravedigger and cemetery caretaker. After local prejudice and the family's own emotional frailty result in unspeakable tragedy, the gravedigger's daughter, Rebecca, begins her pilgrimage into America.
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2008, c2007
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial ed
ISBN: 9780061236839
Branch Call Number: F OAT 2008 NVD
Characteristics: 582 p. ; 21 cm


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May 21, 2011

This is an amazing story about the enduring power of family secrets. I had been avoiding this book because I know the author to be very dark. Although she lived up to this reuputation, she also demonstrated excellent storytelling and characterizations. It is a holocaust story that dwells on the nature of escape and survival.

Sep 02, 2010

Interesting story, good characters.

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