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Come with Me to Babylon Hardcover – February 16, 2008


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press; Second Edition edition (February 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826341780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826341785
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,358,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The saga of an early twentieth-century Russian Jewish family and how they learn to find hope amidst many disappointments in America.

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Paul M. Levitt teaches in the department of English at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is also the author of Chin Music: A Novel of the Jazz Age and numerous books for younger readers and scholars.

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This novel traces the diaspora of eastern European immigrants to the U.S. eastern seaboard from their squalid voyage to Ellis Island to their residence in rat-infested apartments in the Bronx to their transfer to supposedly utopian agricultural communities in New Jersey. The protagonists, a family of Cohens, are distinctly drawn: a reflective, bibliophilic, non-working father; a manipulative mother who maneuvers her son into marrying the inane daughter of a wealthy businessman; the son's affairs with an American Indian prostitute and a neighboring Polish Catholic girl who becomes pregnant and dies from complications of an illegal abortion performed sub rosa by a physician; the son's criminal friends who avenge his bigoted neighbors' refusal to assist a drowning black fisherman after his canoe tipped over. As in all of Paul M. Levitt's novels, the characters are memorably drawn, convincingly motivated, and inextricably intertwined.
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