The Gravedigger's Daughter

The Gravedigger's Daughter

Audiobook CD - 2007
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In 1936 the Schwarts, an immigrant family desperate to escape Nazi Germany, settle in a small town in upstate New York, where the father, a former high school teacher, is demeaned by the only job he can get: gravedigger and cemetery caretaker. After local prejudice and the family's own emotional frailty result in unspeakable tragedy, the gravedigger's daughter, Rebecca, begins her astonishing pilgrimage into America, an odyssey of erotic risk and imaginative daring, ingenious self-invention, and, in the end, a bittersweet -- but very "American"--Triumph. "You are born here, they will not hurt you"--so the gravedigger has predicted for his daughter, which will turn out to be true. In THE GRAVEDIGGER'S DAUGHTER, Oates has created a masterpiece of domestic yet mythic realism, at once emotionally engaging and intellectually provocative: an intimately observed testimony to the resilience of the individual.
Publisher: Books on Tape, c2007.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781415944240
Call Number: OATES
Characteristics: 17 compact discs
Subjects: New York (State) -- Fiction.
Families -- Fiction.
Compact discs, Book.

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hitthebooks
Nov 11, 2011

Good book, very long. Don't quite get how she tells such detail about her upbringing and then wants to meet her cousin she thinks is dead toward the end and more detail about that than her son getting married, her no even wanting to know her brother that came to meet her. She is one messed up person. Being someone she isn't, not wanting to be a whore but yet wasn't she for all those years she wouldn't marry. Too into herself for me.

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cgiedt
Nov 02, 2011

This was a dreadfully depressing book and I often wondered why I kept reading. I think I did because I listened to it in my car and I didn't have anything else to listen to. The book jacket said it would have a good ending. I am not yet done. It is still depressing. Maybe not worth the hours of horrible characters for the happy ending.

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