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Shankman, Sarah.

ISBN 10: 0671660578 / ISBN 13: 9780671660574
Published by New York: Simon & Schuster, 1988. dj, 1988
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. A "coming-of-age" novel by the writer who is best known for her Samantha Adams mysteries. Her second book. SIGNED by the author. Near fine in near fine dust jacket (rem mark, hint of spine slant). Bookseller Inventory # 5684

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Publisher: New York: Simon & Schuster, 1988. dj

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Emma Fine, a thirty-year old Jew, is married to angry Black artist Jesse Tree, and as their marriage falls apart, she travels back to her family for answers to the questions that haunt her

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This upbeat, exuberant journey of discovery follows Emma Fine, a keen-eyed, independent-minded Jewish girl from her home in West Cypress, La., to Atlanta, New York and then California in a restless search for her own identity. Emma's quest begins with her background, a crazy quilt of confusing ethnic mixtures. Her natural mother, Helen Kaplan, was born in an obscure Georgia hamlet and died shortly after Emma's birth. Her father, Jake Fine, is a taciturn and morose New Yorker not far removed from the pale of Eastern Europe. Lonely and incapable of caring for Emma after Helen's death, Jake arranges a marriage of convenience with Rosalie Norris, a rigid and uncompromising Baptist from West Cypress. As Emma matures into a stunning, highly intelligent and sensual young woman, her questions about the past are met with confusion and evasion by both Jake and Rosalie. In her ultimate act of rebellion, Emma marries Jesse Tree, an extraordinarily talented black sculptor she meets in California. The headstrong and unyielding couple are headed for marital disaster when Emma returns once more to West Cypress only to be badly jolted by further revelations about her natural parents. This strong, firmly controlled coming-of-age novel has memorable, sharply defined characters.
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