A Good American
Penguin Group US, 2012/02/07 - 432 ページ
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Everything he’d seen had been unimaginably different from the dry, dour streets of home, and to his surprise he was not sorry in the slightest. He was smitten by the beguiling otherness of it all.
And so began my grandfather’s rapturous love affair with America—an affair that would continue until the day he died.
This is the story of the Meisenheimer family, told by James, a third-generation American living in Beatrice, Missouri. It’s where his German grandparents—Frederick and Jette—found themselves after journeying across the turbulent Atlantic, fording the flood-swollen Mississippi, and being brought to a sudden halt by the broken water of the pregnant Jette.
A Good American tells of Jette’s dogged determination to feed a town sauerkraut and soul food; the loves and losses of her children, Joseph and Rosa; and the precocious voices of James and his brothers, sometimes raised in discord...sometimes in perfect harmony.
But above all, A Good American is about the music in Frederick’s heart, a song that began as an aria, was jazzed by ragtime, and became an anthem of love for his adopted country that the family still hears to this day.
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Review: A Good Americanユーザー レビュー - Nathan James - Goodreads
A genealogist's dream read. A sort of ultra-American epic story traveling through generations a la Isabel Allende minus the supernatural stuff. Very much appealed to my obsession with family history ... レビュー全文を読む
Review: A Good Americanユーザー レビュー - Melinda - Goodreads
This story spans the generations and presents a genuine portrayal of the ups and downs of the immigrant transition to the American lifestyle. As the novel begins, Jette, pregnant and unmarried ... レビュー全文を読む