When We Were Strangers

When We Were Strangers

[a Novel]

Book - 2011
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"The people as real as your own family, and the tale realistic enough to be any American's."
--Nancy E. Turner, author of These is My Words

A moving, powerful, and evocative debut novel, When We Were Strangers by Pamela Schoenewaldt heralds the arrival of superb new voice in American fiction. A tale rich in color, character, and vivid historical detail, it chronicles the tumultuous life journey of a young immigrant seamstress, as she travels from her isolated Italian mountain village through the dark corners of late nineteenth century America. A historical novel that readers of Geraldine Brooks, Nancy Turner, Frances de Pontes Peebles, and Debra Dean will most certainly cherish, When We Were Strangers will live in the mind and the heart long after its last page is turned.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2011
ISBN: 9780062003997
Branch Call Number: SCHOE
Characteristics: 328 p

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mrakcc Aug 07, 2012

If you are into genealogy or were wondering what the early 1900 immigrants went through to come to this country...especially as a teenager...then this book is for you. What makes it even more interesting, is that the main character, a young girl from the hills of Italy who was a streamstress - comes to America by herself and settles in Cleveland, Ohio to find her brother. All the trials and tribulations she went through, showed her strength and determination to perserve. Yes the book has some depressing spots but it is well worth the read. The book definitely ends on a positive note! This book would make a great book club read.

Ninabird6 Feb 20, 2012

Beginning grabs you and stays interesting for most of the book. her tragedies seem to be of the same sort...gets kinds of predictable..and depressing.

Mary43 Nov 27, 2011

Page turner , historical fiction with grit. I really had a hard time putting this story down to go about daily life! I wanted to know what was going to happen next in the lives of everyone, not just the main charachter.

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ckross
Sep 23, 2011

October book club read

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mflreadz
Aug 25, 2011

If you haven't been depressed for awhile and miss the feeling, just read this book!

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