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In this poignant memoir, Edward Cohen tells of his family's experiences of assimilation and isolation as one of the few Jewish families in the Deep South of the 1950s. Insulated by his extended family, Cohen believed the world was populated only by Jews. It was only when he started school that he discovered he was the only Jewish, and white, student there. As he tells his story, we learn that Cohen, in search of a new identity, later enrolled at the University of Miami where he thought he would find other Jews and finally gain the acceptance that he never had. However, once again he found himself an outsider--this time as a southerner.
"This thoughtful and beautifully written memoir is a revelation about the allure of assimilation and the evasiveness of identity."-- Booklist