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A Call From Jersey: A Novel Hardcover – September 2, 2010
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- Item Weight : 1.21 pounds
- ISBN-10 : 1590203615
- ISBN-13 : 978-1590203613
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- Reading level : 18 and up
- Product Dimensions : 6.25 x 1.25 x 9.25 inches
- Publisher : The Overlook Press; 1st Edition (September 2, 2010)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,554,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hans migrated to the U.S. from Germany in 1928. His story is that of an immigrant - creating a new life, making contacts, learning a new language, marrying and starting a family. From the minute Hans arrived in the U.S., he works toward becoming an American. That could not have been easy since he was a German living in the U.S. during World War II and, to make matters worse, his brother fought with the Nazis.
George is a successful travel writer who spends most of his time on the road. He's in his late thirties and beginning to reflect on the direction of his life. He's the son of immigrants, though he's 100% American. His mother died a few years ago and now his father is his only living relative. His relationship with his father is tense and when together, they often argue. It seems the two disagree about everything, they have wildly different perspectives, and little respect for one another.
George is working in Bangkok when he receives a note from his father about George's upcoming 20 year high school reunion and asking George to come home for a visit. Prompted by the note, George visits his father in New Jersey and the usual tension surfaces. This time, though, they decide to recreate the type of family trip they enjoyed when George was a boy and together they drive from New Jersey to Florida. Nothing says "time-together" more than a long road trip, especially when the travelers' relationship is built on little more than unexpressed resentments. Surprisingly, though, they manage to travel with limited arguments, each holding his thoughts allowing the other to talk. It's through this trip that they learn more about each other and finally began to see the other's perspective.
This book touches on a number of themes - the life of immigrants, children of immigrants, German-Americans living in the U.S. during World War II, college educated children of working class parents, the difficulty of some men to express emotions, relationships between father and son, and aging. "A Call from Jersey" pulls the reader into these characters' lives and allows us to view the world through their eyes. It's a thought-provoking novel of considerable depth.
As a New Jersey native I can say that Kluge has a deft hand at painting a picture of the charm that can be found even under all of the grime.