A suspenseful family saga, love story, and gangster tale, in one great book club read …
In 1914, Golda comes to America yearning for independence, but she abandons her dreams and marries her widowed brother-in-law after her sister dies giving birth to their son.
In Brooklyn, where Jewish gangs demand protection money from local storekeepers and entice youngsters with promises of wealth, Golda, Ben, and Morty thrive as a family. But in the Depression, Ben, faced with financial ruin, makes a dangerous choice. Morty tries unsuccessfully to save his father by getting help from a gangster friend. Forced to desert his family and the woman he loves in order to survive, Morty wonders if he will he ever find a safe way home.
Street Corner Dreams is an exploration of a timeless question: how much do we owe the families that have sacrificed for us — and does that debt outweigh what we owe ourselves and our hopes and dreams?