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The Houseguest
The Houseguest: A Novel | Kim Brooks
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Most Jewish themed World War Two novels depict the Holocaust in Europe, but this novel details what Jews endured in the US: American Jews taking in European Jews who managed to escape, American Nazi sympathizers burning synagogues and beating rabbis, and an American Jewry living in fear that what was unfolding in Europe was just around the corner for them. Riveting. A must read. Highly recommended.

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Not sure how I got out of the habit of reviewing things on litsy! :/ I read this weeks ago and now it's a favorite of the year. The cover copy made it sound soapy, but I found the characters to be complex and tragic. Involves Jewish Americans and refugees on the brink of US involvement in WW2. Gives perspective of where community was at the time. Ending was a little trite, but didn't take away from broader story. #JewLit