Golden Country

By Jennifer Gilmore
(Scribner Book Company, Hardcover, 9780743288637, 315pp.)

Publication Date: September 2006

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Golden Country, Jennifer Gilmore's masterful and irreverent reinvention of the Jewish American novel, captures the exuberance of the American dream while exposing its underbelly -- disillusionment, greed, and the disaffection bred by success. As Gilmore's charmingly flawed characters witness and shape history, they come to embody America's greatness, as well as its greatest imperfections.

Spanning the first half of the twentieth century, Golden Country vividly brings to life the intertwining stories of three immigrants seeking their fortunes -- the handsome and ambitious Seymour, a salesman-turned-gangster-turned-Broadway-producer; the gentle and pragmatic Joseph, a door-to-door salesman who is driven to invent a cleanser effective enough to wipe away the shame of his brother's mob connections; and the irresistible Frances Gold, who grows up in Brooklyn, stars in Seymour's first show, and marries the man who invents television. Their three families, though inex-tricably connected for years, are brought together for the first time by the engagement of Seymour's son and Joseph's daughter. David and Miriam's marriage must endure the inheritance of not only their parents' wealth but also the burdens of their past.

Epic and comic, poignant and wise, Golden Country introduces readers to an extraordinary new voice in fiction.




About the Author
Jennifer Gilmore is the author "Golden Country", a 2006" New York Times "Notable Book and a finalist for the "Los Angeles Times "Book Prize and the National Jewish Book Award, and "Something Red", a "New York Times "Notable Book of 2010. Her work has appeared in "Allure, "the "Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Vogue, "and "The Washington Post. "She lives in Brooklyn.
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