At a glance:
- Author: Irwin Granich
- First Published: 1930
- Type of Plot: Autobiographical
- Time of Work: The early twentieth century
- Setting: New York City
- Characters: Mike Gold, Katie Gold, Herman Gold, Esther Gold, Reb Samuel Ashkenazi
- Genres: Long fiction, Autobiographical fiction, Novel
- Subjects: New York, North America or North Americans, Northeast, U.S., United States or Americans, Twentieth century, New York City, Poverty or poor people, Jews or Jewish life, Anti-Semitism, Lower classes, Capitalism
- Locales: United States, North America, New York, New York
Jews Without Money is based on its author’s own childhood. It re-creates the Jewish immigrant Lower East Side in Manhattan in which he lived, and it provides insight into the life of first-and second-generation Jewish Americans around the turn of the twentieth century.
As the central character and narrator, Mike grows; he learns more and more about the struggles that his parents and their neighbors undergo to earn a living. Mike’s father had been a housepainter, but he is disabled by a fall and by lead poisoning. At one point in the book, Mike finds...
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