The Take­away Men: A Novel

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September 1, 2020

With the cloud of the Holo­caust still loom­ing over them, twin sis­ters Bron­ka and Johan­na Lubin­s­ki and their par­ents arrive in the US from a Dis­placed Per­sons Camp. In the years after World War II, they expe­ri­ence the dif­fi­cul­ties of adjust­ing to Amer­i­can cul­ture as well as the bur­geon­ing fear of the Cold War. Years lat­er, the dis­cov­ery of a for­mer Nazi hid­ing in their com­mu­ni­ty brings the Holo­caust out of the shad­ows. As the girls get old­er, they start to won­der about their par­ents’ pasts, and they begin to demand answers. But it soon becomes clear that those mem­o­ries will be more dif­fi­cult and painful to uncov­er than they could have antic­i­pat­ed. Poignant and haunt­ing, The Take­away Men explores the impact of immi­gra­tion, Jew­ish iden­ti­ty, prej­u­dice, secrets, and lies on par­ents and chil­dren in mid-twen­ti­eth-cen­tu­ry America.

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