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Her First American

Her First American

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by Lore Segal
     
 

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She’s Ilka Weissnix, a young Jewish refugee from Hitler’s Europe, newly arrived in the United States. He’s Carter Bayoux, her first American: a middle-aged, hard-drinking black intellectual. Lore Segal’s brilliant novel is the story of their love affair—one of the funniest and saddest in modern fiction.

Overview


She’s Ilka Weissnix, a young Jewish refugee from Hitler’s Europe, newly arrived in the United States. He’s Carter Bayoux, her first American: a middle-aged, hard-drinking black intellectual. Lore Segal’s brilliant novel is the story of their love affair—one of the funniest and saddest in modern fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394536279
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/12/1985
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
285

Meet the Author


Lore Segal was born in Vienna and educated at the University of London. The author of Other People’s Houses, Her First American, and Shakespeare’s Kitchen (all published by The New Press) and other works, she is a regular contributor to the New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, the New Republic, and other publications. Between 1968 and 1996 she taught writing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, Princeton University, Bennington College, Sarah Lawrence College, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Ohio State University, from which she retired in 1996.

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Her First American 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Cuppateabigbook More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. How It Made Me Feel:I haven't read a book in a while that really made me think as I read.  Her First American is very different from the books I've been reading lately and I really enjoyed it!   It was a completely different take on Historical Fiction for me and I felt like it opened up a completely new door in books.  The story is written from Ilka's point of view, a point of view from a Viennese woman learning English and being in New York for the first time in her life.   Lately, whenever I've read a historical fiction book, it's been written by an American author.  This book was different.  I loved the feel of the book as I continued reading, I enjoyed the conversations between characters, I loved hearing about the history, and I liked how Ilka grew through out the story.  It was a story that dealt with racism, depression, knowledge, alcoholism, post war situations, and foreign characters.  A great combination to say the least. What I Thought Worked:One of my favorite parts was reading through Ilka's slow learning of the English language.  Reading that she had to go find a 'real American' was sort of a different take on post WWII America. I rather loved that conversations Ilka would have in the book were true to type, seeing how someone who has spoken a language other than English as their first, would start to learn and have to struggle sometimes when hearing native English speakers.   What I Thought Didn't Work:There were times, where I wasn't able to follow Carter's thought process or ideas.  His character was a big all over the place and so very eccentric.  But the further I read into the book, the easier I found to understand his character. Rating 4/5 Why It Got That Rating:It was a take on post WWII America that I had never taken into consideration.  Reading this book opened my eyes and I found something I would have never appreciated before.  I enjoyed the reaction I had after finishing the book and I hope that other people can find the same thing. Who Would I Recommend To:I would recommend to anyone who enjoys reading about Post WWII America, unconventional romances, and foreigners making their way in the United States.