The Golden Medina

The Golden Medina In this rare historical fiction meet the Grodsky s a close knit pious Jewish family who leave their oppressed Russian shtetl in for America the golden land of freedom Their devout faith and st

  • Title: The Golden Medina
  • Author: Edwin Jerome Reuben Nancy Reuben Greenfield
  • ISBN: 9780985816117
  • Page: 182
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this rare historical fiction, meet the Grodsky s, a close knit pious Jewish family who leave their oppressed Russian shtetl in 1914 for America, the golden land of freedom Their devout faith and strong work ethic are immediately tested when Marvin, their youngest son, has an encounter that will change their lives forever An easy and fast read, this coming of age storyIn this rare historical fiction, meet the Grodsky s, a close knit pious Jewish family who leave their oppressed Russian shtetl in 1914 for America, the golden land of freedom Their devout faith and strong work ethic are immediately tested when Marvin, their youngest son, has an encounter that will change their lives forever An easy and fast read, this coming of age story pits Marvin, a chess prodigy wanting to be a rabbi against an ambitious Italian street thug, Charlie Luciana, trying to make his criminal marks for the pre Prohibition Mafia elite At a time when beliefs and cultures clashed, The Golden Medina reads like an unpredictable chess match with high stakes.There is lots of opportunity on the bustling streets of New York City and Chicago Blending real Italian American gangster action with one Jewish immigrant family s experience, this engaging novel shares an unusual and provocative slice of American history.

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    1. I thought the book was really well written and the characters were memorable and lovable (other than the bad guys of course). There's a little in it for everyone; especially if you like chess, Jewish culture, New York, mobsters and/or stories about the power of family during difficult times. Highly recommended!

    2. This was an unexpected pleasure. Description of immigrant life in New York in early 20th century was excellent (and I hope, accurate). Good plot and characterization. A little too much preaching for me, but many will find this attractive.I read the Kindle edition, which isn't indicated as being available on .

    3. Fast moving plot and interesting story of a Jewish immigrant family's challenges upon moving to the U. S. Historical storytelling involving mafia very believable. Characters were well developed and memorable. Couldn't put it down!

    4. I truly hope there is a Book #2 coming really sooni loved The Golden Medina.From page one you are drawn in and feel as tho you are living in the turn of the century- the 20th century, along with the Grodsky family and the multitudes of immigrants.This family has left czarist Russia with stars in their eyes and dreams in their hearts of the land of gold paved streets, the Golden Medina. The trip was typically horrid, their arrival was filled with with disappoinments and trouble starts almost imme [...]

    5. This novel gives a real descriptive glimpse into the world of Jewish and Italian immigrant families in the early 20th century to the lower east side of New York City. You feel like you are there!

    6. The ending what a little disappointing, but I did enjoy the description of the immigrant experience. Don't hate it; didn't love it either.

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