RACHEL by Mina Lewiton
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Mina Lewiton has written some searching fiction for young adults -- see her First Love (1947) and The Divided Heart (1952) and now turns with skill to a book of sensitive sketches of a Jewish childhood in New York's lower east side. As Rachel Lessing's 11th year is described, there is close contact with a young mind, a dreamer's mind, and her vivid impressions of Madison St. and the life of the Russian immigrant bookseller and his family. Rachel's concerns are many. A prolonged visit from another branch of the family brings its financial straits; a bout of scarlet fever almost makes her fail at school; Mr. Lessing's dream of owning a real bookstore and moving uptown finally comes true. A series of scenes that have their value as very authentic portrayals.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1954
Publisher: Watts