The American Diaspora

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LipshitzLipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes:  A Novel
by T Cooper
Dutton.   430 pages, $24.95

 

IN LIPSHITZ SIX, or Two Angry Blondes, T Cooper writes the story of four generations of the Lipshitz family. In 1903, after an especially horrific pogrom, Hersh and Esther and their four children emigrate from Kishinev, Russia, to the United States. Unfortunately, at Ellis Island, they lose sight of the youngest child, Reuven. Unlike his siblings, he is blond and blue-eyed, and he just disappears into the crowd. Eventually settling in Texas with Esther’s brother Avi, they make a good life for themselves. Their daughter Miriam has a daughter, Anna Rose, and she is the mother of the character T Cooper. In the meantime, Esther develops an obsession with Charles Lindbergh, whom she decides is Reuven, her long-lost son. The obsession drives a wedge between Esther and the rest of her family, especially her husband.

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