Paradise, New York by Eileen Pollack

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 1 Critic Review



We first meet Lucy Appelbaum, the heroine of Paradise, New York, in 1970, as a nine-year-old girl enjoying her family's Catskills hotel, the Garden of Eden. Ten years later, having found nothing else at which she can distinguish herself, Lucy tries to save the Eden by capitalizing on a wave of nostalgia for the Borscht Belt and running the hotel as a sort of living museum of Yiddish culture.

In the course of the season, Lucy battles her grandmother's attempts to sabotage Lucy's success, her parents' superstitious fears of anything that attracts attention to the Jews, and her brother's contention that what Lucy is doing is more a matter of ego than authentic religious feeling.

Paradise, New York explores the comforts and complexities of American ethnic identity with a charming commitment to laughter and love.


About Eileen Pollack

See more books from this Author
Award-winning novelist EILEEN POLLACK is the Zell Director of the University of Michigan's MFA in Creative Writing Program.
Published October 29, 1998 by Temple University Press. 264 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Paradise, New York

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

When her unintended negligence causes the death of a popular guest, and when the hotel later burns down—in a fire that symbolizes what Lucy must lose before she really gains wisdom’she finally has to leave Paradise and head out into the world.

| Read Full Review of Paradise, New York

Reader Rating for Paradise, New York

An aggregated and normalized score based on 5 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review