Golden Country #2020

Golden Country By Jennifer Gilmore Golden Country Golden Country Jennifer Gil s masterful and irreverent reinvention of the Jewish American novel captures the exuberance of the American dream while exposing its underbelly disillusionment greed an
  • Title: Golden Country
  • Author: Jennifer Gilmore
  • ISBN: 9780743288637
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Golden Country By Jennifer Gilmore Golden Country, Jennifer Gil s masterful and irreverent reinvention of the Jewish American novel, captures the exuberance of the American dream while exposing its underbelly disillusionment, greed, and the disaffection bred by success As Gil s charmingly flawed characters witness and shape history, they come to embody America s greatness, as well as its greatesGolden Country, Jennifer Gil s masterful and irreverent reinvention of the Jewish American novel, captures the exuberance of the American dream while exposing its underbelly disillusionment, greed, and the disaffection bred by success As Gil s charmingly flawed characters witness and shape history, they come to embody America s greatness, as well as its greatest imperfections Spanning the first half of the twentieth century, Golden Country vividly brings to life the intertwining stories of three immigrants seeking their fortunes the handsome and ambitious Seymour, a salesman turned gangster turned Broadway producer the gentle and pragmatic Joseph, a door to door salesman who is driven to invent a cleanser effective enough to wipe away the shame of his brother s mob connections and the irresistible Frances Gold, who grows up in Brooklyn, stars in Seymour s first show, and marries the man who invents television Their three families, though inex tricably connected for years, are brought together for the first time by the engagement of Seymour s son and Joseph s daughter David and Miriam s marriage must endure the inheritance of not only their parents wealth but also the burdens of their past Epic and comic, poignant and wise, Golden Country introduces readers to an extraordinary new voice in fiction.
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    1. Jennifer Gilmore

      Jennifer Gil s second novel for teens, If Only, will be published by Harper Teen in July 2018 She is also the author the YA novel, We Were Never Here, and the adult novels, The Mothers, which is currently being adapted for film, Something Red and Golden Country, a New York Times Notable Book, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the National Jewish Book Award Her work has appeared in magazines and journals including The Atlantic, Bomb, BookForum, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review, Real Simple, Salon, Tin House, Vogue and the Washington Post She has been a MacDowell Colony fellow and has taught writing and literature at Barnard College, Cornell University, Fordham University, Harvard University, the New School, New York University, and Princeton University.Stop in and visit her facebook page facebook pages Jennife

    824 thoughts on “Golden Country”

    1. This is a Jewish immigrant story that follows three people and their families as they struggle to attain the American Dream This is a richly textured novel that captures the struggles, disappointments and heartache that comes with achieving your dreams In general I enjoyed this story and cared about what would happen to each of the characters.One quibble is that this first time novelist uses the word screamed far too often Her characters screamed their way through the novel and this word didn t [...]


    2. The book started out promising and I loved the setting primarily the NYC area, but Boston and Maine, too I looked forward to learning about the Jewish immigrant experience, but don t feel that I learned it was much different from other immigrant experiences Although, the book does touch on how ostracized and demoralized Jews were by some What was most dissapointing about the book was the lack of happiness None of these people seemed happy or genuine Some of the characters were just not likeable [...]


    3. I had a little bit of trouble keeping track of all the characters at first, but once I got involved in the story that was no longer an issue There are some lovely passages in the book, as well as some fascinating relationships The book has a somewhat melancholy tone, but it is not a depressing read.


    4. This is a book about Jewish immigrants and their families in the eastern United States pre and post WWII Overall, the story was ok Keeping the characters straight was a little confusing at first as each chapter jumps back and forth between families Not a lot of offensive language a couple of f bombs , no gratuitous sex.


    5. Amazing debut fiction It started out a little slow, there are a lot of characters and a lot of different viewpoints and it took me awhile to keep everyone straight and really care about each person s plight But about 1 3 in, it picked up pace and I finished the book in one afternoon Terrific writing and interesting storylines of people trying to realize the American dream.


    6. I was rather disappointed in this book While the premise of it seemed so full of promise, Gil seemed to get bogged down in historical name dropping and forgot to make sure there was a story to hold the reader s interest through the second half of the book For a book with so much promise, it left me feeling unsatisfied.


    7. I DO NOT recommend this book I am so disappointed It is a fascinating story that really engages the reader and you just want so badly to know how it all turns out I was unable to finish the book because every fifty pages or so the author throws in some explict sex scene I want very much to know how the book ends, but I don t want to read the smut to get there.


    8. An interesting portrayal of Jews who immigrated to NYC from Europe in the early part of the 20th century but before WWII Gave me some historical perspective and was entertaining at partsbut didn t knock my socks off not much does, it seems.


    9. This broad reaching family saga begins with Russian Jewish immigrants early in the century and ends in the 1960s The story traces the successes and failures of gangsters, inventors, actors, and I enjoyed reading it, but the story hasn t stuck with me.


    10. There were some terrific moments in this book the Thanksgiving poisoning scene , but I was never really hooked by these characters or their stories.


    11. Author Jennifer Gil brings readers a tale of three families who immigrate to the United States, and not only become acquainted with each other, but they also make great contributions to the world One of them invents TV and another one invents a miracle cleaner Two of the families become related by marriage All of them are impacted, in one way or another, by the actions of the others.This is a great story, told by multiple points of view It begins with the arrival of one of the people to the US a [...]


    12. I wound up liking this a lot than I thought I would A beautiful story about several Jewish immigrant families in the early 20th century.


    13. I really liked this book Good character development It kept my attention I liked reading about New York during the time in the early to middle 20th century.


    14. This novel follows three families through three generations, mostly from the 1920s through the 1950s The grandparents are Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, and their children grow up in the same Brooklyn neighborhood, and work hard on making good in the United States The book begins and ends with a focus on their grandchildren, who close the circle by marrying each other The novel was mostly a light read, in spite of the weighty subject matter The writing is uneven, and the author seems to [...]


    15. The story of 3 interconnected Jewish Russian immigrant families in New York City from the 1920 s to the 1960 s They came to the US in search of the American Dream Solomon Brodsky aka The Terrier, opted to become part of the Mob Pauline Verdonik saw in him a way out of the closed Jewish neighborhood and a path to wealth By their choice they and their families were ostrasized by the neighborhood Pauline s sister Frances idolized her sister and never forgave her for leaving her for things Frances m [...]


    16. As the Borders on Michigan Avenue sadly closed, books were marked down A lot I purchased this book for seventy nine cents which may seem like nothing, but I got five ish books for a penny each Like others have said, this is a story about three family stories of Jewish immigrants intertwining At first, I loved this book There were a few hours where I could just not stop reading it But at about page 150, I lost interest All the characters were predictable and someone else said it here best No one [...]


    17. I love stories about the early 1900 s immigrant experience in New York City This one intertwines three people s lives and how they weave together All Jewish immigrants in Brooklyn trying to make their fortunes traveling salesmen, mobsters, illegal liquor distribution, failed actors and actresses, backers of the theater, inventors who discover famous cleaning solvents and even television For fiction, this rings true and seems a rather special group of folks I had a bit of a hard time getting the [...]


    18. This was another Book Club book The others liked it than I did, but I was glad I read it, and I wouldn t have read it without the group One member made the comment that she loves books that are character driven like this one That IS what I likede characters are memorable New York Jewish communities of the early 20th centuries were portrayed lovingly I responded to the theme of storytelling that wove through the book We all must have our stories, to remember, to believe in, or to attempt to live [...]


    19. I am a fan of family sagas especially those involving immigrant families in the late 19th century early 20th This one was interesting in some sections but disappointing in the periods of history that were short shrift It almost felt as if the author omitted them to avoid the research that may have been necessary I also never felt a part of the neighborhoods described This was disappointing as the city was to have been a main character or theme I wouldn t recommend this over many better written f [...]


    20. Read this back in 2007 but for some reason this review is showing up in another book of hers that I m about to read Moving my review here.Amazing debut fiction It started out a little slow, there are a lot of characters and a lot of different viewpoints and it took me awhile to keep everyone straight and really care about each person s plight But about 1 3 in, it picked up pace and I finished the book in one afternoon Terrific writing and interesting storylines of people trying to realize the Am [...]


    21. Golden country is about three intertwined Jewish families living in America.Sometimes the blurb on the back of a book somehow prejudices you against enjoying it In this case, the blurb compared the book to Jhumpa Lahiri s tales of immigrants and with this comparison in mind the book seems overly stylized, exagerated and false However there were bits of the book which felt beautiful and true when the author discusses fathers and daughters and their relationship to each other Perhaps the author wo [...]


    22. This book was okay, captured time and place in American history Concentrated on Jewish life in American, coming to new country, finding a place, life in Mob, becoming Americanize in the new country Exposed the growing days of New York City, interesting backdrop with Statue of Liberty, coming of Empire State Building, growing skyline, Rockerfeller Center I found the times and the setting interesting than the individual characters Sarah was a very sad character, hated to see the waste of her life [...]


    23. Although this book is lacking in plot, it s very beautifully written and nostalgia inducing Basically the story of Jewish immigrants in Brooklyn in the 1920 s I was sold when one of the reviewers called her the Jewish Jumpra Lahari A lot of very sweet moments, but I probably wouldn t have liked it nearly as much if I were not descended from NY Jews so it was like reading a history of me It is eerily accurate in terms of describing that community and its idiosyncrasies.


    24. This is one of the best books I ve read in a while Its treatment of the Jewish immigrant experience is both heartfelt and comprehensive At the same time, it s often laugh out loud funny Great characterizations, beautiful evocative language and a compelling although simple plot I took a chance on this via one of s book deals, and I have been very pleasantly surprised I give it a strong recommendation.


    25. A wonderful story of three immigrants and how their lives intertwine throughout the 40 years the story takes place It has gangsters in the height of prohibition, a broadway producer and a simple man who struggles at first to support his family by selling cleaning products door to door until he creates a new cleaning product that makes him rich a dream his father had when they immigrated to the Golden Country of America.


    26. This story is about generations of Jews who came to America the Golden Country From living in the east for so long I have many good Jewish friends and the book seemed truthful in the telling Of course my friends weren t gangsters or Broadway directors but it was a good tale about the people coming to America and the children who grew up here.


    27. A tale of intertwining Jewish immigrant families from 1930 1960 It was a fast read, surprising at parts but enjoyable.Author Jennifer GilPublisher HarcourtCopyright 2006Genre FictionPages 349Date Read 10 8 08 to 10 10 08


    28. This book was on the 2006 best of list and I really expected it to be better It is a family saga about moving to New York in the 30s for a new life The book follows a Jewish family but I think I thought it was too choppy I liked New York much better.


    29. Someone told me to read this, and, while I cannnot recall who that was, I am glad I read the book It s an interesting tapestry of first generation American Jews, some of whom are involved in the Jewish mafia of the 1920s Lots of twists and turns and, finally, a satisfying ending.


    30. A story of three Jewish immigrants and their children to the US, starting in the 1920 s and ending in the 1960 s Very interesting story, I wanted to give it 3 stars but didn t because of the brief explicit sex scenes.


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