The Invisible Wall: A Love Story That Broke Barriers (Paperback)

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    “There are places that I have never forgotten. A little cobbled street in a smoky mill town in the North of England has haunted me for the greater part of my life. It was inevitable that I should write about it and the people who lived on both sides of...

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    Ninety-six-year-old Harry Bernstein emigrated to the United States with his family after World War I. He has written all his life but started writing The Invisible Wall only after the death of his wife, Ruby. He has been published in “My Turn” in Newsweek. Bernstein lives in Brick, New Jersey, where he is working on another book.


    From the Hardcover edition.
    “There are places that I have never forgotten. A little cobbled street in a smoky mill town in the North of England has haunted me for the greater part of my life. It was inevitable that I should write about it and the people who lived on both sides of its ‘Invisible Wall.’ ”

    The narrow street where Harry Bernstein grew up, in a small English mill town, was seemingly unremarkable. It was identical to countless other streets in countless other working-class neighborhoods of the early 1900s, except for the “invisible wall” that ran down its center, dividing Jewish families on one side from Christian families on the other. Only a few feet of cobblestones separated Jews from Gentiles, but socially, it they were miles apart.

    On the eve of World War I, Harry’s family struggles to make ends meet. His father earns little money at the Jewish tailoring shop and brings home even less, preferring to spend his wages drinking and gambling. Harry’s mother, devoted to her children and fiercely resilient, survives on her dreams: new shoes that might secure Harry’s admission to a fancy school; that her daughter might marry the local rabbi; that the entire family might one day be whisked off to the paradise of America.

    Then Harry’s older sister, Lily, does the unthinkable: She falls in love with Arthur, a Christian boy from across the street.

    When Harry unwittingly discovers their secret affair, he must choose between the morals he’s been taught all his life, his loyalty to his selfless mother, and what he knows to be true in his own heart.

    A wonderfully charming memoir written when the author was ninety-three, The Invisible Wallvibrantly brings to life an all-but-forgotten time and place. It is a moving tale of working-class life, and of the boundaries that can be overcome by love.


    From the Hardcover edition.

    Specs

    Dimensions 9.0x6.45x0.75
    ISBN 9780345496102
    Genre BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
    Format Paperback
    Pages 321
    Publisher Date 2008-02-26 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Ballantine Books
    Copyright Year 2008
    Unit weight 0.55 lb
    Height 8.0 in
    Wdth 8.0 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Language English
    Subtitle A Love Story That Broke Barriers
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Bernstein, Harry

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    • The Invisible Wall

      This book painted an excellent picture of a divided Christian and Jewish neighborhood. Although both groups were very poor and went through a time of war, the wall stayed intact. As divided as the groups were, they were still interdependent to a certain extent. It was a very sad book not only because of what these people were living through, but also because of the truth it contains about our society today.

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