Hanna Perlstein Marcus

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Surviving Remnant: Memories of the Jewish Greenhorns in 1950s America Hanna Perlstein Marcus

Set in the deteriorating north end of Springfield, Massachusetts in the 1950s and early '60s, Surviving Remnant is Hanna Perlstein Marcus' sequel to her award-winning memoir, Sidonia's Thread. Recreating her childhood community of ambitious, humorous, and resilient immigrant refugees, the author weaves a tale of displaced persons who occupy an apartment building, eager to adapt to their new homeland and build new lives for themselves and their children in the aftermath of the Holocaust. The author's hapless journey to find a benevolent father figure and suitable husband for her single mother brings about the curious and humorous incidents that help a young girl come of age among a community of survivors.