Book: The Land of Eighteen Dreams by Lawrence J. Epsteincategories: Book, Jewish, Queens, New York Fiction, Family, Tradition, Judaism, Spirituality, Religion, Historical Fiction
Lawrence J. Epsteinabout this book: I knew from the beginning that I wanted to write about a grandfather's relationship with his granddaughter. It took me a while to realize that the granddaughter, who ages from childhood to adulthood in the book, would provide the narrative voice. Then I found using my childhood home area as the setting made research easy and also gave me a chance to remember what it was like to grow up and what it was like to learn some of life's lessons.
The book is not autobiographical. I had no living grandfather. In a way the grandfather is me as a grown-up speaking to me as a child. The book also was a way for me to discuss American Jewish life in as interesting a way as I could. The eighteen related incidents in the book reflect key stages of Jewish life in this country. I meant the book for all people, for everyone who has grown up here and struggled with life's hardships.
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