The German Bride, by Joanna Hershon

To quote Mary Doria Russell on the book jacket, this is “an immigrant tale and a Western, without the Lower East side or cowboys.”  Living in 1860’s Berlin and haunted by unhappiness, Eva Frank tries to escape to a new life by marrying a Jewish merchant and returning back with him to Santa Fe.  But the harsh newness of the West only deepens her sadness, children don’t come, and her husband–unlike his hardworking brother–loves liquor and gambling more than family life.  The characters and Western landscape are beautifully described, and the dust, heat, and sense of isolation Eva feels are palpable.

RATING: * * * * Very, very good
Reviewed by:stc

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