Enemies: A Love Story

Farrar, Straus and Giroux  1998 reissue edition

 

Almost before he knows it, Herman Broder, refugee and survivor of World War II, has three wives: Yadwiga, the Polish peasant who hid him from the Nazis; Masha , his beautiful and neurotic true love; and Tamara, his first wife, miraculously returned from the dead. Astonished by each new complication, and yet resigned to a life of evasion, Herman navigates a crowded, Yiddish New York with a sense of perpetually impending doom.

Having escaped death in the Holocaust, Herman Broder settles in Brooklyn with his second wife. The trouble starts when he becomes deeply involved with another woman, at which point he learns that his first wife has survived and come to America.



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