Immigrants

Immigrants

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by Howard Fast
     
 

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The first book in bestselling author Howard Fast's beloved family saga

"A most wonderful book...there hasn't been a novel in years that can do a job on readers' emotions that the last fifty pages of The Immigrants does."
-Los Angeles Times

In this sweeping journey of love and fortune, master storyteller Howard Fast recounts the rise and fall

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The first book in bestselling author Howard Fast's beloved family saga

"A most wonderful book...there hasn't been a novel in years that can do a job on readers' emotions that the last fifty pages of The Immigrants does."
-Los Angeles Times

In this sweeping journey of love and fortune, master storyteller Howard Fast recounts the rise and fall of a family of roughneck immigrants determined to make their way in America at the turn of the century. Quick to ascend from the tragic depths of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Dan Lavette becomes the head of a powerful shipping empire and establishes himself among the city's cultural elite. But when he finds himself caught in a loveless marriage to the daughter of San Francisco's richest family, a scandalous love affair threatens to destroy the empire Dan has built for himself.

The first of a compelling family saga, The Immigrants is a fast-paced, emotional novel that captures the wide range of relationships among immigrant families during the tumultuous events that defined the early twentieth century in America.

"A non-stop page-turner...moving, vivid...a splendid achievement!"
-Erica Jong

"Howard Fast is fiercely American. He is one of ours, one of our very best!"
-Los Angeles Times

"Warmth...Power...Tenderness...Excitement...Readers will find themselves anxiously awaiting the sequel."
-Columbus Dispatch

Editorial Reviews

NY Times Book Review
Relentless pace of events...real experience leaping full-bodied frm Fast's imagination...one of his best novels!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402237911
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
201,370
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.40(d)

What People are saying about this

Louis Untermeyer
It is an extraordinary mixture of toughness and tenderness of the most absorbing narratives I've ever read...It is truly an unfolding historical saga...
Erica Jong
A nonstop page-turner...moving, vivid...a splendid achievement!

Meet the Author

Born in 1914, Howard Fast published over 53 novels, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. His most famous novels included Spartacus, Freedom Road, Citizen Tom Paine, April Morning, The Crossing, The Unvanquished, My Glorious Brothers, and the three generation family saga beginning with The Immigrants. Nineteen of his works became movies.

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Immigrants 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Deborah52DR More than 1 year ago
I read this complete series many years ago and could not wait for it to come out for my nook so that I could have it with me forever. I still have most of the hard cover books I read years ago. This is a great series for both young and old that you will truly remember in years to come. These books combine history with romance and is truly a series you will want to add to your collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Howard Fast has ability to take the reader to places and paint history in a very unique manner. He is sympathetic to his characters, and writes with great passion. Dan Lavett is the central character in the 'Immigrants', and the book follows his struggle to climb the heights of Nob Hill and his fall from power. The book covers the end of the nineteenth century to WWII. A great read.
luvs2read2JV More than 1 year ago
I read The Immigrants several decades ago, but seized the opportunity to acquire it for my nook. Howard Fast was a great storyteller. Once you begin the series, you are hooked to continue finding out what happens to these people and their descendants. This is a Must Read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Dan Lavette, the son of Italian immigrants. He is born in a box car on a train, winding up in San Francisco. It is a story of dreams, of the American dream. The rise of men in the land of milk and honey. I couldn't put this book down! It moves very quickly from about 1850 to 1934. The author wastes no time on trivial points, and doesn't fill pages with descriptions of surroundings. The dialog is believable and I felt like I was watching the story instead of reading it. I can see why his books get made into movies. Don't be misled, the story does not read like a screen play! Even when you think you know whats going to happen next, you cant wait to turn the page! If you like historical fiction...you will LOVE The Immigrants
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love multi-generation stories and this is one that really took me into the family and time period. Can't wait to read the next book. 
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I am almost done with the series. Well written and great characters. Highly recommend
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Great writing!
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SSRANCHER More than 1 year ago
Good read. Fast's novels are never disappointing. Spartacus was the best of them.
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