How does a young girl search for a benevolent father figure and suitable husband for her single mother among a group of Holocaust survivors? Set in the deteriorating north end of Springfield, Massachusetts in the 1950s, Surviving Remnant is Hanna Perlstein Marcus' sequel to her award-winning memoir, Sidonia's Thread. Surviving Remnant recreates the author's childhood community of ambitious, humorous, and resilient immigrant refugees who occupy an apartment building, eager to adapt to their new homeland and build new lives for themselves and their children in the aftermath of the Holocaust.
Along her hapless search for a father, Marcus becomes a fanatical Brooklyn Dodgers fan, a misguided violinist, a somnambulist, a neurotic, a hopeless matchmaker, and noted fashion model for her mother's stunning designs.
Marcus' experiences growing up with her mother in an enclave of Holocaust survivors portray a story no one knows—until now. Surviving Remnant is an authentic look at a moving immigrant saga from deep inside.
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Table of Contents
Poem-The To-Be-Forgotten by Thomas Hardy, Prologue-The Show, Part One-Initiation; 1-The Outsiders; 2-The Arrival; 3-The Tattoed Ones; 4-The Matchmaker; 5-Surviving Remnant; 6-The Broken Angel; 7-The Unfortuante Affair; 8-The Citizens; 9-The Club; 10-The Shul; 11-The Faithful Friends; 12-The Lucky One; 13-Yuri's Story; 14-The Power of Education; 15-Restitution of a Life; 16-A Community Still Vulnerable; Part Two-Acculturaton; 17-The Girl of Summer; 18-Clair de Lune; 19-The Matchmaker: Progress Report 1; 20-The Somnambulist; 21-Scenes from a Communal Life; 22-Outings; 23-The Card Counter; 24-The Matchmaker: Progress Report 2; 25-Patterns and Styles; 26-Nerves; 27-The Brownie; 28-The Matchmaker-Progress Report 3; Part Three-Revelations; 29-The Somber Romantic; 30-The Matchmaker:Progress Report 4; 31-The Games; 32-The Coin Collector; 33-The Freedom Fighters; 34-The Ring; 35-The Farm; 36-Reinvention; 37-The Matchmaker: A Revelation and a Warning, Progress Report 5; 38-The Forever Kind of Gratitude; 39-Illegal Inventory; Part Four-Maturaton; 40-The Facts of Life; 41-The Last Bachelor; 42-The "H" Chain; 43-The Fever; 44-The Promotion; 45-The Big Move; 46-The Debut; 46-The Car; 48-Restitution: The Meandering Conclusion; Epilogue-The Final Show; Acknowledgments