The Family Carnovsky
by I.J. Singer
--This title is out of print; please try to find a used copy.
Israel Joshua Singer was born in Poland, but he had already been living in the United States for 10 years, and had been an American citizen for 4, when he first published Di Mishpokhe Karnovsky in book form in 1943. So naturally, when his characters, three generations of the Carnovsky family, are forced to flee the persecutions of Hitler’s Germany in the novel’s third section, Singer brings them to his adopted home, New York City. They’re lucky–we know now the horrific fate of those who didn’t escape Berlin before the war–but adjusting to the change isn’t easy. As Singer writes, ‘To the family Carnovsky, America was like a new pair of shoes–a pleasure to put on, a pain to wear.”
A document of its time, and a grand family saga, The Family Carnovsky is as valuable as it is compelling.
—Excerpted from American Jewish Fiction: A JPS Guide (Jewish Publication Society).
The Rhode Island Hadassah book club meets the first Monday of every month, except for holidays, religious and national. Our first meeting of the year, in January, is devoted to voting on our choices of books for the rest of the calendar year. We usually read books of Jewish interest, but read a book each year that is non-Jewish, and of interest.
Marilyn Kagan is the coordinator. Contact her at email@example.com