City of Slaughter: A Novel

City of Slaughter: A Novel

by Drew: Cynthia

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Fourteen-year-old Carsie Akselrod and her younger sister, Lilia, flee the Russian pogroms to live with relatives on New York's teeming, dangerous Lower East Side. Like many Jewish immigrant Americans in the early 1900s, the girls go to work in sweatshops, eventually taking jobs at the ill-fated Triangle Waist Company, scene of the infamous 1911 industrial fire that claimed the lives of 146 garment workers. Set against Tammany Hall politics and gangland crime, City of Slaughter is a tale of a woman torn by family, faith, and her drive to rise from poverty, succeed in business, and claim her place in New York's world of fashion and society.

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ISBN-13: 9781564747570
Publisher: SCB Distributors
Publication date: 03/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 571 KB

About the Author

Cynthia Drew's short stories have appeared in many literary journals, including Perigee, Middle English Review, and Taj Mahal. The winner of Rapid River's Short Fiction Prize, and Mountainland's Humor Prize, she teaches Creative Writing at UNC/Asheville's Reuter Ctr. She worked for several years in New York's garment district, where she became keenly aware of the sweatshops that even today are peopled by immigrants.

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City of Slaughter: A Novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Robert_R More than 1 year ago
In City of Slaughter, we are in Russia suffering the pogrom, but without the music and song and the Fiddler on the Roof. No, we live it through the eyes of orphaned Carsie and Lilia Akselrod, whose parents were killed by the Cossacks. We flee the horror of the pogrom with them and make our way to America after a long journey, only to discover the horror of New York’s tenement life on the Lower East Side, the sweatshops where young women and girls were little more than slave labor, and the tragedies caused by the unbelievably cruel working conditions in these factories — the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, for example, as brought to fiery life in these pages. This is a gripping tale of immigrant life and a strong case for social justice — an amazing first novel from Cynthia Drew and a must-read for those whose appetite for the American story is never satisfied.
Grammylammy More than 1 year ago
This historically based novel is well researched and extremely well written - we are swept into the lives of two young girls and we are the better for it. The experiences they have will imform and educate us - in ways we never would have expected - Miss Drew brings us through a harrowing experience and we emerge stonger for having been blessed to have read this work. Do read her sequel - it will help assauge the longing  for the characters that you'll undoubtedly feel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Iwant2Bawriter More than 1 year ago
This is by a local author from Asheville, NC. We have a long list of great authors. If you are Jewish or interested in early Jewish refugee history in the US, you will get a lot out of this book. I really liked the main character and the strong woman she became. It was a book club selection that always chooses local authors. It is a vibrant reading and writing community here. It is not the very best local author book I have read, but it is good.
Wlbart More than 1 year ago
Cynthia has written what I consider the perfect historical novel. My interest was grabbed from the first pages, and continued unabated until the end of the book. I loved her treatment of the side characters who provided, due to their interfering or just plain nasty behaviors, provided the conflicts that kept me on the edge of my seat and compelled me to continue reading. These bad guys and women, for the most part, met their justly merited comeuppance in short order. I love it when the bad guy gets his, and Drew's bad guys got theirs sooner rather than later in a lot of instances. The author drew her characters in such a skillful manner that I was almost unaware she was doing so, as she wove it into the storyline action as the main plot and side plots were carried through. I feel as if Carsie and her sister are people I really know, insomuch that I found myself thinking about them and reliving their story days after I finished the novel. City of Slaughter is a most satisfying reading experience. Don't miss it.