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My Suburban Shtetl: A Novel About Life in a Twentith-century Jewish American Village - Library of Modern Jewish Literature (Hardback)Robert Rand
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Under Bobby's keen eye, the 1960s and 1970s are resurrected via the characters and curiosities that shape his young life -- from the Cuban Missile Crisis to radioactive Ping Pong balls; from a prayer shawl abandoned in Auschwitz to the racial divide.
This utterly American story describes an immigrant community grappling with the same cultural issues and moral choices faced by previous and subsequent newcomers. Perceived as different, Skokie's Jews and their offspring struggle to comprehend -- and fit into -- the political, racial, and cultural stew that is the United States.
With characteristic wit and insight, Rand explores their plight. In so doing he sheds light on the complexity and consequence of intolerance, and the meaning of ethnicity -- and home.
Publisher: Syracuse University Press