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Call it Sleep

Call it Sleep

Author(s): Henry Roth

Location(s): New York City (NYC)

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 20th Century

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David Schearl arrives in New York in his mother’s arms to begin his new life as an immigrant in the ‘Golden Land’. David is hated by his father – an angry, violent man unable to find his niche in the New World – but is fiercely loved and protected by his Yiddish-speaking mother. An innovative, multi-lingual novel, Call It Sleep subtly interweaves the overwhelming love between a mother and son with the terrors and anxieties David experiences, as he seeks to find his own identity amidst the cultural disarray of early twentieth-century America.

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Fascinating, tragic – the immigrant experience in the early 20th Century, family relationships, New York as the backdrop, powerful stuff!

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