This is the story of the Meisenheimer family, told by James, a third-generation American living in Beatrice, Missouri. It’s where his German grandparents—Frederick and Jette—found themselves after journeying across the turbulent Atlantic, fording the flood-swollen Mississippi, and being brought to a sudden halt by the broken water of the pregnant Jette.
A good American tells of Jette’s dogged determination to feed a town sauerkraut and soul food; the loves and losses of her children, Joseph and Rosa; and the precocious voices of James and his brothers, sometimes raised in discord…sometimes in perfect harmony. But above all, A good American is about the music in Frederick’s heart, a song that began as an aria, was jazzed by ragtime, and became an anthem of love for his adopted country that the family still hears to this day.
Alex George is a writer and a lawyer. He was born in England, but presently lives in Columbia, MO. Copies of A good American will be available for purchase and signing at the event. If you cannot attend but would like a signed copy just let us know! The Kirkwood Public Library is located at 140 E. Jefferson, 63122.
Location: Street: Kirkwood Public Library Additional: 140 E. Jefferson City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63122 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)