- By Barbara Garland Polikoff

Her Mother's Secret

  • Title: Her Mother's Secret
  • Author: Barbara Garland Polikoff
  • ISBN: 9780983193876
  • Page: 266
  • Format: Paperback
  • Her Mother s Secret Fifteen year old Sarah the daughter of Jewish immigrants wants nothing than to become an artist But as she spreads her wings she must come to terms with the secrets that her family is only beginning

    Fifteen year old Sarah, the daughter of Jewish immigrants, wants nothing than to become an artist But as she spreads her wings she must come to terms with the secrets that her family is only beginning to share with her Replete with historical details that vividly evoke the Chicago of the 1890s, this moving coming of age story is set against the backdrop of a vibrantFifteen year old Sarah, the daughter of Jewish immigrants, wants nothing than to become an artist But as she spreads her wings she must come to terms with the secrets that her family is only beginning to share with her Replete with historical details that vividly evoke the Chicago of the 1890s, this moving coming of age story is set against the backdrop of a vibrant, turbulent city Sarah moves between two very different worlds the colorful immigrant neighborhood surrounding Hull House and the sophisticated, elegant World s Columbian Exposition This novel eloquently captures the struggles of a young girl as she experiences the timeless emotions of friendship, family turmoil, lossd first love.

    1 thought on “Her Mother's Secret

    1. I don't usually read YA novels, but I'm glad that I read this one. This historical novel takes place in Chicago in the 189o's around the time of the World's Fair which enthralled the people of Chicago at a time when life was hard and there were few distractions.Sarah Goldman, who is 15 years old and a Jewish immigrant, feels that her mother rejects her while loving her 17 year old sister Fanny and four year old brother Sammy. Feeling unattractive and unlovable, Sarah leans on her father for love [...]

    2. The neighborhood of Jane Addams' Hull House provides the background for 15-year-old Sarah and her immigrant family on the eve of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Family tension revolves around Sarah's dream of becoming an artist, her restless older sister Fanny and her fragile younger brother Sammy. The experiences of Sarah's parents in Russia connect the generations and threaten to unravel their relationships in America. The friends and neighbors, whose lives intersect with the family, gives the [...]

    3. Liked it. I wish there would have been more about Hull House though; those were the most interesting parts.

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