A moving novel about a Holocaust survivorâs unconventional journey back to a new normal in 1940s Savannah, Georgia
In late summer 1947, thirty-one-year-old Yitzhak Goldah, a camp survivor, arrives in Savannah to live with his only remaining relatives. They are Abe and Pearl Jesler, older, childless, and an integral part of the thriving Jewish community that has been in Georgia since the founding of the colony. There, Yitzhak discovers a fractured world, where Reform and Conservative Jews live separate livesâdistinctions, to him, that are meaningless given what he has been through. He further complicates things when, much to the Jeslersâ dismay, he falls in love with Eva, a young widow within the Reform community. When a woman from Yitzhakâs past suddenly appearsâone who is even more shattered by the war than he isâYitzhak must choose between a dark and tortured familiarity and the promise of a bright new life.
Set amid the backdrop of Americaâs postwar south,Â Among the Livinggrapples with questions of identity and belonging, and steps beyond the Jewish experience as it situates Yitzhakâs story within the last gasp of the Jim Crow era. That he begins to find echoes of his recent past in the lives of the black family who work for the Jeslersâan affinity he does not share with the Jeslers themselvesâboth surprises and convinces Yitzhak that his choices are not as clear-cut as he might think.
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