Barren Island

Barren Island

by Carol Zoref

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ISBN-13: 9781936970575
Publisher: New Issues Poetry and Prose
Publication date: 10/31/2017
Series: AWP Award for the Novel Series
Pages: 428
Sales rank: 691,563
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Carol Zoref is a fiction writer and essayist. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and New York University. She lives in New York City.

AudioFile Earphones Award winner Elizabeth Wiley is a seasoned actor, dialect coach, theater professor, and dedicated narrator. She brings over twenty-five years of award-winning acting and voice experience to the studio to create memorable, compelling storytelling.

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Paul Harding

“Barren Island is a wonderful synthesis of character and history. From the moment Marta Eisenstein Lane begins to tell us about her remarkable family’s lives on the rank, forsaken sand bar of Barren Shoal, rendering animal carcasses into glue, the author immerses us in a world most readers would never otherwise have known existed. As squalid and hardscrabble as these lives may be, they are also suffused with strange beauty and love by Marta’s solicitude and honesty. Barren Island is big-hearted, generous, and fascinating.”

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A terrific and compelling read and a powerful and engaging first novel! Barren Island totally captures a time and place in New York City’s not so distant past. As the fictional but historically based story of immigrant families struggling to during the depression opens, we meet the Eisenstein family and their daughter Marta. It is Marta who narrates the novel of her growing up, looking back many years after these events occur. Her family’s life unfolds on a harshly beautiful sand bar where the men labor in dangerous and foul factories, the women work constantly to create nurturing home lives preserving their cultural traditions, and the children struggle to find their identities in a changing world gradually impinging on their isolation. Highly recommend!