The beginning was interesting with the trip to New York instead of Africa. The dissolution of a family was brought about by alcoholism, crowded living conditions & poverty. An tragic wagon accident makes the main character Malka Treynovsky live with another family. She developed a hard sarcastic shell to survive & became a bossy dislikable woman. This book needs a glossary for 'Yiddish' expressions. It was difficult to do a google search every other sentence. For this, I gave it only three stars.
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