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Sophie’s Choice

Sophie’s Choice

Author(s): William Styron

Location(s): Auschwitz/Birkenau, Brooklyn

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Early/Mid 20th Century

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The novel opens with Stingo, a young southerner, journeying north in 1947 to become a writer. It leads us into his intellectual and emotional entanglement with his neighbors in a Brooklyn rooming house: Nathan, a tortured, brilliant Jew, and his lover, Sophie, a beautiful Polish woman whose wrist bears the grim tattoo of a concentration camp…and whose past is strewn with death that she alone survived.

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