The Oriental Wife by Evelyn Toynton

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The Oriental Wife is the story of two assimilated Jewish children from Nuremberg who flee Hitler’s Germany and struggle to put down roots elsewhere. When they meet up again in New York, they fall in love both with each other and with America, believing they have found a permanent refuge. But just when it looks as though nothing can ever touch them again, their lives are shattered by a freakish accident and a betrayal that will reverberate into the life of their American daughter. In its portrait of the immigrant experience, and of the tragic gulf between generations, The Oriental Wife illuminates the collision of American ideals of freedom and happiness with certain sterner old world virtues.
 

About Evelyn Toynton

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Evelyn Toynton's work has appeared in Harper's, Atlantic, Times Literary Supplement, New York Times Book Review, and American Scholar. Her novel Modern Art, loosely based on the story of Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her most recent novel is The Oriental Wife, published in 2011. She lives in Norfolk, England.
 
Published July 19, 2011 by Other Press. 301 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In the troubled years between the World Wars, Rolf and Otto, and Otto's cousin, Louisa, children of prosperous Jewish families in Nuremberg, Germany, become devoted friends.

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Toynton's second novel is a sad, quiet tale of desperate refugees from Nazi Germany trying to build new lives in America while holding on to pieces of their past.

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When you read a book you’re taking an in-depth look at a character’s life.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

With the help of friends, Louisa summons the courage and strength to reach out to Emma, who has suffered as much from not having a mother as Louisa has from losing her daughter.

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