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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown

Dottie Krasinsky is the one that is going to be different. Her mother has focused on her being a cut above the rest - not for her the life of being a stay at home housewife with kids in tow. Marriage was very important for this family, but having a career and somehow balancing it all was much more important. It was important to get out of the ghetto and move upwards. You kept all the traditions and culture going but you definitely wanted an easier life than what your mother had.

Dottie aspired to all this as well until a chance evening out changed it forever. How Dottie and her mother faced the challenges in 1935 where though times were changing, attitudes were certainly not and Dottie's future seemed doomed in her present scenario.

Strength of character, determination to make a good thing out of a bad situation and not to cow down in the face of humiliation or insults was Dottie's main characteristics.

A detailed look at life in a Jewish household - first generation immigrants still clinging on to old ways and customs and also trying to become as "Americanized" as they possibly could. Trying to be accepted but also knowing that they are "different". Maintaining what they believed in especially their religion was not easy, faced with ridicule and persecution at every point, they still persevered.

A beautiful story very emotionally told.

Sent to me by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of Berkley Publishing Group. 

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