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A waitress at the Betsy Ross Diner, Elsie hopes her nickel-and-dime tips will add up to a new life. Then she meets Bashkim, who is at once both worldly and naïve, a married man who left Albania to chase his dreams - and wound up working as a line cook in Waterbury, Connecticut. Back when the brass mills were still open, this bustling factory town drew one wave of immigrants after another. Now it's the place they can't seem to leave. Elsie, herself the granddaughter of Lithuanian immigrants, falls in love quickly, but when she learns that she's pregnant, Elsie can't help wondering where Bashkim's heart really lies and what he'll do about the wife he left behind.
Seventeen years later, headstrong and independent Luljeta receives a rejection letter from NYU and her first-ever suspension from school on the same day. Instead of striking out on her own in Manhattan, she's stuck in Connecticut with her mother, Elsie - a fate she refuses to accept. Wondering if the key to her future is unlocking the secrets of the past, Lulu decides to find out what exactly her mother has been hiding about the father she never knew. As she soon discovers, the truth is closer than she ever imagined.
Told in equally gripping parallel narratives with biting wit and grace, Brass announces a fearless new voice with a timely, tender, and quintessentially American story.
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By colin mcginnis on 02-10-18
What did you love best about Brass?
Written in parallel narratives of mother and daughter, and the daughter's story is written in second person. Sounds crazy, but it works. You won't have many opportunities to read first rate fiction in second person. We follow characters through bleak circumstance deftly described, immersed in the plight of Albania in the 90's and the reality of crumbling American dreams wading through broken promises. The pain and resilience needed to endure is etched into your mind.
What about Lauren Fortgang and Therese Plummer ’s performance did you like?
Narration was great.
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