The Resource Up from Orchard Street, Eleanor Widmer

Up from Orchard Street, Eleanor Widmer

Label
Up from Orchard Street
Title
Up from Orchard Street
Statement of responsibility
Eleanor Widmer
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Up from Orchard Street where three generations of Roths live together in a crowded tenement flat at number 12. Long-widowed Manya is the family's head and its heart: mother of dapper Jack, mother-in-law of frail and beautiful Lil, and adored bubby of Elka and Willy. She's renowned throughout the teeming neighborhood for her mouthwatering cooking, and every noontime the front room of the flat turns into Manya's private restaurant, where the local merchants come to savor her hearty stews and soups, succulent potato latkes and tzimmes, preserved fruits and glorious pastries. She is just as renowned for her fierce sense of honor, her quick eye for charlatans, and her generosity to those in need. But Manya is no soft touch- except, perhaps, where her adored granddaughter Elka is concerned. It is skinny, precocious Elka who is her closest companion and confidante, and the narrator of this event-packed novel. Through Elka's eyes we come to know the fascinating characters who come in and out of the Roths' lives: relatives, eccentric locals, doctors, busybody neighbors- as well as the many men who try fruitlessly to win voluptuous Manya's favors. We live through the bittersweet world of these blunt, earthy, feisty people for whom poverty was endemic, illness common, crises frequent, and zest for living intense. Money may have been short but opinions were not, and their tart tongues and lively humor invest every page. In this riveting story lies the heart of the American immigrant experience: a novel at once wise, funny, poignant, anguishing, exultant- and bursting with love
Cataloging source
HT#
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1925-2004
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Widmer, Eleanor
Dewey number
813.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3623.I35
LC item number
U6 2006
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Widows
  • Women cooks
  • Grandmothers
  • Jewish women
  • Poor families
  • Jewish families
  • Jewish cooking
  • Tenement houses
  • Women immigrants
  • Grandparent and child
  • Lower East Side (New York, N.Y.)
Label
Up from Orchard Street, Eleanor Widmer
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm65537276
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
Bantam trade pbk. ed.
Extent
389 pages
Isbn
9780553383737
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)65537276
Label
Up from Orchard Street, Eleanor Widmer
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm65537276
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
Bantam trade pbk. ed.
Extent
389 pages
Isbn
9780553383737
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)65537276

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