On the Shore
Ann S. Epstein
Publication date: April 2017
Genre: Historical Fiction
Paperback: ISBN: 978-1-925417-32-6
eBook: ISBN: 978-1-925417-33-3
Sam is sixteen and an American Jew, and he lies about his age to fight in WWI.
Set in 1917–1925, On the Shore follows the upheaval in an immigrant Jewish family when, without telling his family, 16-year-old Shmuel Levinson (a.k.a. Sam Lord) strives to prove his manhood and escape his father’s pressure that he become a rabbi by enlisting in the Navy.
His smart but rebellious younger sister, Dev, mourns his disappearance, while chafing against her father’s expectation that she marry instead of pursuing a career in science. Their successful uncle, Gershon Mendel, confronts failure when he ventures beyond their sheltered Lower East Side community to search for the missing boy.
On the Shore offers a poignant look at the strained relationships that trouble the multi-generation immigrant families of today as well as yesteryear.
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