The Clothes on Their Backs

The Clothes on Their Backs

A Novel

Book - 2008
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A powerful story of family, love, and the hold the past has on the present. A woman, having endured unbearable loss, finds solace in the family secrets her estranged uncle reveals.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2008.
Edition: First Scribner ed.
ISBN: 9781439143193
Characteristics: 293 p. ; 22 cm.


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WVMLStaffPicks Oct 27, 2014

Vivian, a quiet girl, was raised by fearful, refugee parents who sheltered her from their past and her only living relative: the glamorous and infamous Uncle Sándor. She becomes entwined with her uncle and tries on personas and fashions until she finally uncovers her sense of self.

patienceandfortitude Mar 04, 2014

This was a well-written and morally complex story, about a woman whose family were Hungarian Jews who created new lives for themselves in London. Her parents create a safe and secure environment for themselves and try to protect her from the past. Her uncle wheels and deals and goes to jail as a slum lord, but winds up being a sympathetic person. Much to consider.

Jan 08, 2014

From 1950s London to the present day, this book is about the clothes we choose to wear, personalities we dress in, and how they define us.


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