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The gravedigger's daughter : a novel

Author: Joyce Carol Oates; Bernadette Dunne
Publisher: [New York] : Books on Tape, 2007.
Edition/Format:   eAudiobook : Document : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1936 the Schwarts, an immigrant family desperate to escape Nazi Germany, settle in a small town in upstate New York, where the father, a former high school teacher, is demeaned by the only job he can get: gravedigger and cemetery caretaker. After local prejudice and the family's own emotional frailty result in unspeakable tragedy, the gravedigger's daughter, Rebecca, begins her astonishing pilgrimage into  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Audiobooks
Fiction
Psychological fiction
Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)70823287
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Audio book, etc., Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Joyce Carol Oates; Bernadette Dunne
ISBN: 9781415944257 1415944253
OCLC Number: 181591198
Notes: Downloadable audio file.
Title from: Title details screen.
Unabridged.
Duration: 21:16:44.
Performer(s): Read by Bernadette Dunne.
Details: Requires OverDrive Media Console (file size: 305862 KB).; Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Responsibility: Joyce Carol Oates.

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In 1936 the Schwarts, an immigrant family desperate to escape Nazi Germany, settle in a small town in upstate New York, where the father, a former high school teacher, is demeaned by the only job he can get: gravedigger and cemetery caretaker. After local prejudice and the family's own emotional frailty result in unspeakable tragedy, the gravedigger's daughter, Rebecca, begins her astonishing pilgrimage into America, an odyssey of erotic risk and imaginative daring, ingenious self-invention, and, in the end, a bittersweet -- but very "American"--Triumph. "You are born here, they will not hurt you"--so the gravedigger has predicted for his daughter, which will turn out to be true. In THE GRAVEDIGGER'S DAUGHTER, Oates has created a masterpiece of domestic yet mythic realism, at once emotionally engaging and intellectually provocative: an intimately observed testimony to the resilience of the individual.

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