The Paris Years of Rosie KaminBook - 1998
A poignant tale about French-Jewish romance in Paris, a refreshing look at Jewish-Arab relations, and a subtle journey into the Holocaust are the unlikely components of this marvelously readable first novel. Rosie Kamin was in her last year of college when her mother, an Auschwitz survivor, committed suicide. Rosie fled Pittsburgh -- her extended Jewish family and demanding, critical father -- and arrived in Paris, joining a wave of other immigrants (North Africans, Southeast Asians), all in the city to create new lives. Twenty years later, we find Rosie in present day Paris, tending to her lover of the past ten years, Serge, an intellectual communist, who is dying of liver disease. A former lover, an Algerian, reenters Rosie's life and causes her to reflect on her early years in Paris and she begins to confront patterns of escapism and denial in her life. When Serge dies, Rosie's sister arrives and the two of them travel to Budapest to find their mother's childhood home, and Rosie finds redemption only when she has faced, and understood, her mother's legacy.
Publisher: South Royalton, Vt. : Steerforth Press, c1998
Branch Call Number: FIC TEL
Characteristics: 218 p. ; 20 cm