Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown

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Modern Girls Read Online Free - A dazzling debut novel set in New York City’s Jewish immigrant community in 1935...
How was it that out of all the girls in the office, I was the one to find myself in this situation? This didn’t happen to nice Jewish girls.
In 1935, Dottie Krasinsky is the epitome of the modern girl. A bookkeeper in Midtown Manhattan, Dottie steals kisses from her steady beau, meets her girlfriends for drinks, and eyes the latest fashions. Yet at heart, she is a dutiful daughter, living with her Yiddish-speaking parents on the Lower East Side. So when, after a single careless night, she finds herself in a family way by a charismatic but unsuitable man, she is desperate: unwed, unsure, and running out of options.
After the birth of five children—and twenty years as a housewife—Dottie’s immigrant mother, Rose, is itching to return to the social activism she embraced as a young woman. With strikes and breadlines at home and National Socialism rising in Europe, there is much more important work to do than cooking and cleaning. So when she realizes that she, too, is pregnant, she struggles to reconcile her longings with her faith.
As mother and daughter wrestle with unthinkable choices, they are forced to confront their beliefs, the changing world, and the fact that their lives will never again be the same….

Title : Modern Girls
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ISBN : 045147712X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 384 pages


Jennifer rated it ★★★★★

November 10, 2016

Okay, I didn't just read this book... I wrote it! And I'm pretty happy about that, too!

Abby rated it ★★★★★

February 03, 2016

I am angry at Jennifer S. Brown for keeping up until one and then stealing an hour and a half of my work time this morning; I simply had to know what happened to Dottie. I enjoyed the novel from page 1, but by the time I was halfway through I became a reader obsessed. It's rare I leave a book hop...

Suzanne rated it ★★★★★

December 07, 2016

Nineteen year old Dottie Krasinsky has it all; a great job in New York City, loving family, loyal friends, and a boyfriend. This great life may come undone because she is pregnant by another man. It is the 1930’s and there are very few options for a pregnant single woman. Dottie has not told her...

Jennifer rated it ★★★★☆

January 17, 2018

The year is 1935 and 6 members of the Krasinsky family in a 2 bedroom apartment in Mahattan's Lower East Side. Russian-born Rose is the 42 year-old matriarch, and her eldest child, 19-year old Rose, is a bookkeeper in an insurance office. Both find themselves pregnant with unwanted children. "Mode...

Melissa rated it ★★★★★

August 12, 2016

I had heard good things about Modern Girls, so when I suggested it to my book club, I was pleased that they were all interested to read it for our next meeting. And really, it’s the perfect book for my club, as we are all Jewish women and most of us are mothers, as well. The Orthodox customs and...

Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine) rated it ★★☆☆☆

April 17, 2016

Rarely, upon finishing a book, am I at such a loss for words. What I want to know is: Where is the rest of the book? Modern Girls had the potential to be so much more... Rose and Dottie, a Jewish mother and daughter living in 1930's Manhattan, become pregnant at the same time. Neither is exactly...

Renee rated it ★★★★★

December 02, 2015

Loved it! Great mother-daughter story with a twist or two! Review to come!

Leah rated it ★★★★★

January 19, 2016

there are so many reasons i loved this book. it was like reading about my great grandparents. it was an education about jewish lives in new york city in the 1930's- and really about all immigrants in many ways. it dealt with a woman's right to choose - something we are still fighting for all thes...

Heather rated it ★★★★★

March 06, 2018

I've been wanting to read this book for quite some time, and I finally got down to business. I can't believe it took me so long. It has a great cover, an interesting premise, and it's set in one of my very favorite cities in the world-- Old New York. Jennifer Brown nails the sensibilities of the...

Susan rated it ★★★★★

March 14, 2016

It is 1935 and a mother and daughter each come to a critical point in their lives. Russian Jews living in New York, the pull of the new world and the ties to the old world are illustrated in the daily actions and in how each come to terms with what they decide to do about their pregnancies. While...

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