The German Bride

The German Bride

A Novel

Book - 2008
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Berlin, 1865. Eva Frank, the daughter of a benevolent Jewish banker, and her sister, Henriette, are having their portrait painted–which leads to a secret affair between young Eva and the mercurial artist. This indiscretion has far-reaching consequences, more devastating than Eva or her family could have imagined. Distraught and desperate to escape her painful situation, Eva hastily marries Abraham Shein, an ambitious merchant who has returned home to Germany for the first time in a decade since establishing himself in the American West. The eighteen-year-old bride leaves Berlin and its ghosts for an unfamiliar life halfway across the world, traversing the icy waters of the Atlantic and the rugged, sweeping terrain of the Santa Fe Trail.

Though Eva’s existence in the rough and burgeoning community of Sante Fe, New Mexico, is a far cry from her life as a daughter of privilege, she soon begins to settle into the mystifying town, determined to create a home. But this new setting cannot keep at bay the overwhelming memories of her former life, nor can it protect her from an increasing threat to her own safety that will force Eva to make a fateful decision.

Joanna Hershon’s novel is a gripping and gritty portrayal of urban European immigrants struggling with New World frontier life in the mid-nineteenth century. Vivid and emotionally compelling, The German Bride is also a beautiful narrative on how far one must travel to make peace with the past.

Baker & Taylor
In 1865, a secret affair with the artist hired by her German Jewish father to paint his daughters' portraits forces Eva into a quick marriage and drives her to leave Berlin to seek a new life on the frontier of the American Southwest, but the ghosts of the past follow her across the Atlantic and along the Santa Fe Trail, until she can confront the past and build a new future. 30,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Berlin, 1865. Eva Frank, the daughter of a benevolent Jewish banker, and her sister, Henriette, are having their portrait painted - which leads to a secret affair between young Eva and the mercurial artist. This indiscretion has far-reaching consequences, more devastating than Eva or her family could have imagined. Distraught and desperate to escape her painful situation, Eva hastily marries Abraham Shein, an ambitious merchant who has returned home to Germany for the first time in a decade since establishing himself in the American West. The eighteen-year-old bride leaves Berlin and its ghosts for an unfamiliar life halfway across the world, traversing the icy waters of the Atlantic and the rugged, sweeping terrain of the Santa Fe Trail.
Though Eva's existence in the rough and burgeoning community of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is a far cry from her life as a daughter of privilege, she soon begins to settle into the mystifying town, determined to create a home. But this new setting cannot keep at bay the overwhelming memories of her former life, nor can it protect her from an increasing threat to her own safety that will force Eva to make a fateful decision.
Joanna Hershon's novel is a portrayal of urban European immigrants struggling with New World frontier life in the mid-nineteenth century. The German Bride is also a beautiful narrative on how far one must travel to make peace with the past.

Baker
& Taylor

In 1865, a secret affair with the artist hired by her German Jewish father to paint his daughters' portraits forces Eva into a quick marriage and drives her to leave Berlin to seek a new life on the frontier of the American Southwest.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345468451
0345468457
Branch Call Number: Fiction Her
Characteristics: 304 p. ; 25 cm

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Tjad2L
Aug 17, 2017

I really enjoyed this book.
Eva, a young Jewish woman cannot come to terms with the death of her sister and hastily marries a man she barely knows to flee German and start over in the American southwest.
The author does a great job describing the lush richness of an upper-class family living in Berlin at the turn of the century and contrasting that with the harsh and brutal life of those trying to make a living in early Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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johncruse
Mar 23, 2015

THE OFT-TOLD STORY OF YOUTHFUL REBELLION AND THE MISERY THAT RESULTS.

madame_librarian Jan 20, 2011

Eighteen-year-old Eva Frank, the privileged daughter of an upper-class German Jewish family in Berlin, makes an impulsive decision to marry Abraham Shein, on a visit back home from Santa Fe in search of a wife. Eva's abject grief at the death of her beloved sister just a few months earlier drives her to take up life in a new world with a man she barely knows.
After a harrowing journey across the U.S., Eva is shocked and disappointed at what she finds in Santa Fe. The climate, the culture, and the people are so different. Worst of all, Abraham turns out not to be the fine husband Eva wished for. He's brutish, makes promises he can't fulfill, cheats his brother in their dry goods business, gambles, and lies. Definitely not a nice Jewish boy. As Eva struggles with her new life, the pioneer experience in the harsh but beautiful American Southwest is the subtext of this moving novel.
-Madame Librarian

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