Brass by Xhenet Aliu

Into the Wild

Brass Read Online Free - A fierce debut novel about mothers and daughters, haves and have-nots, and the stark realities behind the American Dream
A waitress at the Betsy Ross Diner, Elsie hopes her nickel-and-dime tips will add up to a new life. Then she meets Bashkim, who is at once both worldly and naïve, a married man who left Albania to chase his dreams—and wound up working as a line cook in Waterbury, Connecticut. Back when the brass mills were still open, this bustling factory town drew one wave of immigrants after another. Now it’s the place they can’t seem to leave. Elsie, herself the granddaughter of Lithuanian immigrants, falls in love quickly, but when she learns that she’s pregnant, Elsie can’t help wondering where Bashkim’s heart really lies, and what he’ll do about the wife he left behind.
Seventeen years later, headstrong and independent Luljeta receives a rejection letter from NYU and her first-ever suspension from school on the same day. Instead of striking out on her own in Manhattan, she’s stuck in Connecticut with her mother, Elsie—a fate she refuses to accept. Wondering if the key to her future is unlocking the secrets of the past, Lulu decides to find out what exactly her mother has been hiding about the father she never knew. As she soon discovers, the truth is closer than she ever imagined.
Told in equally gripping parallel narratives with biting wit and grace, Brass announces a fearless new voice with a timely, tender, and quintessentially American story.

Title : Brass
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ISBN : 0399590242
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Emily May rated it ★★★☆☆

February 14, 2018

“It’s nobody’s fault, Luljeta. It’s not a fault. It’s just mistakes. Or, I don’t know, not mistakes, just decisions that led to other decisions, and on and on, and in the end the first decision seemed too far buried to get back to and change.” Brass is a quiet family drama highly-praised by one...

Larry rated it ★★★★☆

February 06, 2018

I'm between 3.5 and 4, so I'll round up. "...often the love your mother gives feels like it's being rejected by your body, as if you're the B-positive recipient of an A-negative blood donation." The often-complicated relationship between mothers and daughters has been fodder for literature, movies,...

Angela M rated it ★★★★☆

December 04, 2017

This is a fantastic debut novel, captivating and well written, about mothers and daughters, broken by the abandonment of fathers , a husband , a lover, about secrets kept and seeking identity. There are other layers of the story - the search of an immigrant for a escape from communism to a better...

Debbie rated it ★★★★★

February 03, 2018

Made me grab my pogo stick! Nodding my head yes yes yes! Super well written and insightful, this debut novel made me grab my old pogo stick and hop all over the place in glee. Whee! I even highlighted sentences from the Acknowledgments! Oh, there are so many gem sentences, so many rockin’ rubies. T...

Fran rated it ★★★☆☆

December 14, 2017

The brass mills in Waterbury, Connecticut have closed. Factories have been abandoned. In 1996, Elsie Kuzavinas is nineteen years old. She is a waitress at the Betsy Ross Diner. She wants to leave this depressed town once she graduates from high school and can buy a car. Elsie depends upon her mot...

Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

January 17, 2018

3.5 Waterbury, CN. once the home of large employing Brass Mills, but now they've closed, the only businesses left are service industries. Elsie at eighteen, wants only to escape this dead end town, but instead she falls for the Albanian cook at the restaurant where they both work. Eighteen years...

Esil rated it ★★★★☆

December 09, 2017

It's hard to believe that Brass is a debut novel for Xhenet Aliu. It's a powerful story, and so well written. The story is told in two timelines from the alternating points of view of mother Ellie and daughter Luljeta. Ellie's part of the story takes place when she is in her late teens, meets Lul...

Karen❄️ rated it ★★★★☆

December 31, 2017

I enjoyed this story of Elsie and Luljeta, a mother and daughter from Waterbury, Connecticut. Their story is told in alternating chapters, Elsie’s being when she was 17 and working in a diner where she falls in love with her coworker, an Albanian immigrant named Bakshim, and ends up pregnant. Lul...

TL rated it ★★★★☆

November 01, 2017

I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own:). ---- Entered this giveaway on a whim:), was looking for a family saga type of story and this one sounded promising and a little different. I found both timelines of the story equally compelling bu...

Mary rated it ★★★★☆

February 05, 2018

...often the love your mother gives feels like it's being rejected by your body, as if you're the B-positive recipient of an A-negative blood donation. Quite a good debut novel with an interesting, self-deprecating style. The frustrating dysfunctional nature of familial relationships (“what did I...

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