- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Persea; 3 edition (August 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0892552905
- ISBN-13: 978-0892552900
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Bread Givers: A Novel 3rd Edition
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Conscious of her outsider status - a Polish immigrant, a writer in a foreign language, a Jewish female - Anzia Yezierska takes us inside an early twentieth-century American immigrant Jewish family, a family without a son to lighten their load or brighten their lives. Sarah, the narrator of Bread Givers, describes with urgency and in detail the lives she, her sisters, and her mother live to support their revered, torah-reading father: their crowded shared rooms so he can study undisturbed; the numerous jobs all but he work to maintain the family and support his books, charities, and manner of dress; his constant and often impossible demands. Sarah struggles to remain loyal: "I began to feel I was different than my sisters... If they ever had times they hated Father, they were too frightened of themselves to confess... But could I help it what was inside me? I had to feel what I felt even it killed me." Through profuse and perceptive dialogue, Anzia Yezierska brings to life a heritage whose strength, wisdom, and idiom continue, seventy years later, to enrich North American culture and language. -- For great reviews of books for girls, check out Let's Hear It for the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. -- From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Jesse Larsen
One of the authentic and touching testaments of the struggle of Jewish immigrants, especially Jewish women, to find their way in the new world. -- Irving Howe --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Anzia Yezierska (1882-1970) was born in Poland and came to the Lower East Side of New York with her family in 1890 when she was nine years old. By the 1920s she had risen out of poverty and become a successful writer of stories, novels―all autobiographical―and an autobiography, Red Ribbon on a White Horse (Persea). Her novel Bread Givers (Persea) is considered a classic of Jewish American fiction. Her acclaimed books also include How I Found America: Collected Stories and The Open Cage. She died in 1970.
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top customer reviews
It is also a book concerned with feminist ideas and ideals. The youngest daughter does not want the life where work is the only thing she has. She wants an education, will not settle for an arranged marriage, wants to be a teacher, wants more than to just support her family. It forces her to leave home and live alone, to break away from her tyrant of a father, to reject easy marriages, to work her way through college and to finall succeed at becoming a teacher. The story is predicatable, you know she will succeed and finally meet a good man, but she also learns you have to balance the past with the present and future.
A very interesting book, you just have to remember when it was written, and not compoare her writing style to something you'd see written today.
On its face, this novel seems to be deeply depressing. The narrator is the youngest of four sisters, named Sara, who lives with her parents in a dim, cold, small apartment that they can barely afford. Her father is a deeply religious and "godly man" who refuses to work in order to provide for his family, instead relying on the wages of his daughters to support him, much to his daughters, and wife's, chagrin. Sara resolves from the start of the novel that she will find a way out of the slums that she lives in and into a meaningful life of work for herself, and not her father. She resolves to become educated, and ultimately wants to become a schoolteacher so that she can support herself, something that is far out of bounds from her fathers point of view. The novel deals with problems of family strife, as well as intense poverty and its effects on people.
This novel is arguably Yezierska's best work, and although it is sometimes slowly paced, the actual story is interesting and well told. Every sentence on the page does feel as though it had actually been lived by someone, as it is ultimately Anzia's own story that she is telling, with only minor variations. Anzia reveals to us through Sara what it feels like not only to be an outsider, but to feel the hunger and want for food that she felt as a child living in the slums, the rattling of ones bones in the cold winter nights as they don't have heat to warm themselves, or the domineering behavior of a lazy and abusive father.