Unfinished People

  • by Ruth Gay
  • Narrated by Anna Fields
  • 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Nearly three million Jews came to America from Eastern Europe between 1880 and the outbreak of World War I. Filled with the hope of life in a new land, most were young, single, uneducated, and unskilled. Many were children or teens. They were, in a sense, unfinished citizens of either the old or the new world. Within two generations, these newcomers settled and prospered in the densely populated Yiddish-speaking neighborhoods of New York City. Against this backdrop, Ruth Gay narrates their rarely told story, bringing alive the vitality of the streets, markets, schools, synagogues, and tenement halls where a new version of America was invented in the 1920s and 30s. An intimate, unforgettable account, Unfinished People is a unique and vibrant portrait of a resilient people's daily trials and rituals.


What the Critics Say

"An enjoyable, easily digestible introduction to her parents' and her own generation's uneven and sometimes uneasy acculturation." (Kirkus Reviews)
"[This] memoir of Jewish life in the West Bronx in the 1920 and 30s....deftly blends personal remembrance and social commentary." (New York Times)
"Fields amplifies the book's primary strength¿the making comprehensible a culture that seems alien even to the children of the author's generation." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Very interesting and well done

I am not of Jewish heritage but I enjoyed this VERY much. It is well written and well narrated. I found the history of these immigrants and decendents to be very similar to most US immigrants yet very different and unique in their own ways. I highly recommend this and Part 2.
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- Edward C. Charbonnet

Perfect for audio

Great book. Period.
A very even look at a time and people that helped shaped America as much as any immigrant wave in our history.

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- Ray

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-15-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.