“A sure book club pick and a strong debut, this title functions well on multiple levels and will appeal to a broad readership.”
NO MAJOR SPOILERS
This is undoubtedly one of the best books I have read and an exceptional debut novel. I thought it would be another story of Jewish immigrants to the USA but it is about an aspect that I knew nothing about: the Jewish orphanage in New York City. The story begins in 1919 and ends shortly after the end of World War 2.
A little girl breaks her mother’s teapot and this sets off a train of events that leads to her living in the orphanage with her older brother. What W S Gilbert might call a set of curious chances leads to her being selected by an ambitious young woman doctor for medical experiments with X-rays. By the time she moves into the main orphanage she is damaged and only protected by her older brother, who asks another girl to watch out for her.