The German Bride

The German Bride

A Novel

Book - 2008
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A new novel by the author of Swimming, this elegant story describes one woman's quest for identity as she leaves Germany in the mid-19th century and makes a new life in the wild and untamed American frontier.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780345468451
0345468457
Characteristics: 304 p.

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Tjad2L
Aug 17, 2017

I really enjoyed this book.
Eva, a young Jewish woman cannot come to terms with the death of her sister and hastily marries a man she barely knows to flee German and start over in the American southwest.
The author does a great job describing the lush richness of an upper-class family living in Berlin at the turn of the century and contrasting that with the harsh and brutal life of those trying to make a living in early Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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johncruse
Mar 23, 2015

THE OFT-TOLD STORY OF YOUTHFUL REBELLION AND THE MISERY THAT RESULTS.

madame_librarian Jan 20, 2011

Eighteen-year-old Eva Frank, the privileged daughter of an upper-class German Jewish family in Berlin, makes an impulsive decision to marry Abraham Shein, on a visit back home from Santa Fe in search of a wife. Eva's abject grief at the death of her beloved sister just a few months earlier drives her to take up life in a new world with a man she barely knows.
After a harrowing journey across the U.S., Eva is shocked and disappointed at what she finds in Santa Fe. The climate, the culture, and the people are so different. Worst of all, Abraham turns out not to be the fine husband Eva wished for. He's brutish, makes promises he can't fulfill, cheats his brother in their dry goods business, gambles, and lies. Definitely not a nice Jewish boy. As Eva struggles with her new life, the pioneer experience in the harsh but beautiful American Southwest is the subtext of this moving novel.
-Madame Librarian

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Aug 17, 2017

Tjad2L thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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