Bread Givers


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Bread Givers is a coming of age story set in the 1920s. As the novel begins Sara Smolinsky is a 10-year-old girl whose family has immigrated to New York City from Poland. Her father is an Orthodox rabbi who feels that it is up to his four daughters and his wife to support him as he studies the Torah.

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Jan 30, 2010

Essential Reading

Bread Givers is essential reading for feminist scholars, historians, Jewish studies scholars, students of immigrant literature, and anyone with a heart. It is one of the classic novels on early-20th century Eastern European immigration to the United States.

I absolutely loved this book; its images are inelible.


Oct 3, 2007

Jewish Patriarchy and Womanhood

Anzia Yezierska's The Breadgivers is most valuable as a fictional account of Jewish immigrant life on New York's Lower East Side in the 1920s as told from the female perspective. The father, a Torah scholar, is a patriarchal tyrant who beats each of his daughters into submission with his unending needs. The writing is naturalistic and without frills. A companion volume to Henry Roth's Call It Sleep.

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