Minnie Bromoff. Distraught, devout, fresh off the boat. She is one of the nearly two million immigrants to arrive at Ellis Island near the turn of the twentieth century. But Minnie harbors a terrible secret that drives her to the New World.
Arriving at age nineteen, she marries Zelig, a fellow immigrant, who helps Minnie bring her family to the United States. Zelig ardently tries to build a complete life with Minnie but her past intervenes, casting a long shadow over their union.
In this vividly imagined historical novel, author Marilyn Parker unfolds the life of the family matriarch, her great aunt. Minnie’s determination and sacrifices pave the way for her Russian-Jewish family to emigrate and make it possible for the next generation to become American.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the story of Tante Minnie’s life as she left the old world behind to begin a new life in America. But do we ever really leave our past behind us? We are a result of the sum total of our experiences. This wonderful story addresses one woman’s struggle for survival in the new world as she comes to grips with her life in the world she left behind. Do not miss this read. It held my interest from cover to cover.“
“A sweeping historical novel about the life of Russian Jewish immigrants at the start of the century. Minnie Bromoff comes to the U.S. as a young woman, marries, and begins to establish a life. But her devotion to her family back in the old country keeps Minnie and Zelig working to do right by them. Transporting us to New York a century ago, this fast-moving and vividly-wrought novel shows us how generations past sacrificed themselves for the future. It will resonate with anyone who has immigrant roots here.”
“‘Tante Minnie’ by Marilyn Parker is a riveting, page turner. I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to know more about what happens to Minnie and all her fascinating relatives. The story of immigrant Eastern European Jews coming to the U.S. at the turn of the 20th century was very easily understood and identifiable. I hadn’t realized how many Yiddish words I understood (113 out of the 125 or so listed in the Glossary at the end). I highly recommend reading it and I am looking forward to her next endeavor.”