Invisible Wall A Love Story That Broke Barriers

ISBN-10: 0345496108

ISBN-13: 9780345496102

Edition: N/A

Authors: Harry Bernstein

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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 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 Wall" "vibrantly brings to life an all-but-forgotten time andplace. It is a moving tale of working-class life, and of the boundaries that can be overcome by love. "From the Hardcover edition."
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List price: $16.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/12/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 8.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.770

Harry Bernstein was born in Stockport, England on May 30, 1910. His family moved to Chicago in 1922 and he attended Lane Technical Preparatory School. After his dream of becoming an architect was dashed by an instructor, he began writing. After he graduated, he moved to New York City and published short stories in several magazines including Story and Literary America. He eventually found work as a script reader for Columbia Pictures. In the 1950s, he tried to earn a living as a freelance writer, selling work to The Daily News, Popular Mechanics and Family Circle, but he ended up editing Home of Tomorrow, a construction trade magazine. His novel, The Smile, was published in 1981 but sold poorly. He is best known for his three memoirs: The Invisible Wall: A Love Story That Broke Barriers (2007), The Dream (2008), and The Golden Willow: The Story of a Lifetime of Love (2009). He died on June 3, 2011 at the age of 101.

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