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The Dream: A Memoir (Random House Reader's Circle)

by Harry Bernstein

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THE DREAM is volume two in Harry Bernstein's memoir trilogy. This one takes Harry from his arrival in America at 12 years old - along with his parents and five siblings - until he meets and marries his wife at age 25 (in 1935). The first of his family to graduate from high school, Harry finally stands up to his brute of a father in a violent confrontation and escapes with his mother and youngest brother to New York, leaving his father in a Chicago jail. In NYC during the depths of the Great Depression, he struggles for years to find meaningful work. Tough times. I loved THE INVISIBLE WALL, and this book is every bit as good - a moving, beautifully written page-turner. Highly recommended. (And now on to volume three, THE GOLDEN WILLOW.) ( )
  TimBazzett | Jan 8, 2014 |
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Dedicated to Ruby, whose love made the dream come true
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Dreams played an important part in our lives in those early days in England.
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During the hard and bitter years of his youth in England, Harry Bernstein’s selfless mother never stops dreaming of a better life in America, no matter how unlikely. Then, one miraculous day when Harry is twelve years old, steamship tickets arrive in the mail, sent by an anonymous benefactor. Suddenly, a new life full of the promise of prosperity seems possible–and the family sets sail for America, meeting relatives in Chicago. For a time, they get a taste of the good life: electric lights, a bathtub, a telephone. But soon the harsh realities of the Great Depression envelop them. Skeletons in the family closet come to light, mafiosi darken their doorstep, family members are lost, and dreams are shattered. In the face of so much loss, Harry and his mother must make a fateful decision–one that will change their lives forever. And though he has struggled for so long, there is an incredible bounty waiting for Harry in New York: his future wife, Ruby. It is their romance that will finally bring the peace and happiness that Harry’s mother always dreamed was possible.

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During the hard and bitter years of his youth in England, Harry Bernstein's selfless mother never stops dreaming of a better life in America. Then, one miraculous day when Harry is twelve, steamship tickets arrive anonymously in the mail. Suddenly, a new life full of the promise of prosperity seems possible--and the family sets sail for America, meeting relatives in Chicago. For a time, they get a taste of the good life, but soon the harsh realities of the Great Depression envelop them. Skeletons in the family closet come to light, mafiosi darken their doorstep, family members are lost, and dreams are shattered. Harry and his mother must make a fateful decision--one that will change their lives forever. And there is an incredible bounty waiting for Harry in New York: his future wife, Ruby. Their romance finally brings the peace and happiness that Harry's mother always dreamed was possible.--From publisher description.… (more)

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