- A moving novel about a Holocaust survivor’s 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 lives–distinctions, to him, that are meaningless given what he has been through. He further complicates things when, much to the Jeslers’ dismay, he falls in love with Eva, a young widow within the Reform community. When a woman from Yitzhak’s past suddenly appears–one who is even more shattered by the war than he is–Yitzhak must choose between a dark and tortured familiarity and the promise of a bright new life.
- Set amid the backdrop of America’s postwar south, Among the Livinggrapples with questions of identity and belonging, and steps beyond the Jewish experience as it situates Yitzhak’s 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 Jeslers–an affinity he does not share with the Jeslers themselves–both surprises and convinces Yitzhak that his choices are not as clear-cut as he might think.
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“Jonathan Rabb is the real deal. This novel has much to recommend for itself as a period history of Savannah after the Second World War, a story of the holocaust, a parallel story of developing race relations in the South, and finally, a love story. As a native of Savannah, I can tell you that the author has done his homework: the period detail is authentic and the characters ring true without resorting to tired caricatures of southerners.” By Richard Schulze Jr.
“Well-written, sensitive, and often enlightening, “Among the Living” tells the story of a Holocaust survivor and his new life with American relatives in Savannah, Georgia. In addition to being a moving love story of two people who are caught in the middle of a conflict between two branches of southern Jewry, the novel explores the racial tensions and civil rights issues of the times. I think the book succeeds on all levels and highly recommend it.” By Helen R. Lessner
Author: Jonathan Rabb
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Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Other Press (October 4, 2016)
Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,361 in Books