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Author: Ruth Gay Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781481598385
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Nearly three million Jews came to America from Eastern Europe between 1880 and the outbreak of World War I, filled with the hope of life in a new land. Most were young, single, uneducated, and unskilled; many were children or teens. They were, in a sense, unfinished citizens of either the old or the new world.

Within two generations, these newcomers settled and prospered in the densely populated Yiddish-speaking neighborhoods of New York City. Against this backdrop, Ruth Gay narrates their rarely told story, bringing alive the vitality of the streets, markets, schools, synagogues, and tenement halls where a new version of America was invented in the 1920s and 30s. An intimate, unforgettable account, Unfinished People is a unique and vibrant portrait of a resilient people in their daily trials and rituals.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Beautifully written, meticulously researched.” 

    New Statesman

  • “[Reader] Fields amplifies the book's primary strength—making comprehensible a culture that seems alien even to the children of the author's generation.”


  • “Gay provides a glimpse into Jewish immigrant life absent from most historians’ accounts…This highly readable volume should have wide appeal.”

    Library Journal

  • “An enjoyable, easily digestible introduction to her parents’ and her own generation’s uneven and sometimes uneasy acculturation.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the National Jewish Book Award

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 11/26/2011

    " A fine book if you want to know the real life experiences of the jewish immigrants in New York. "

About the Author

Ruth Gay lives in Hamden, Connecticut, with her husband, Peter Gay. She is the author also of The Jews of Germany: A Historical Portrait.

About the Narrator

Kate Fleming (a.k.a. Anna Fields) (1965–2006), winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award in 2004, was one of the most respected narrators in the industry. Trained at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, she was also a director, producer, and technician at her own studio, Cedar House Audio.