The history of some 30 Russian Jewish immigrant families who in 1907 began to buy land in the Ellsworth Hills above Sharon, CT, where they attempted to become dairy farmers.
Three generations of strong-­minded Rosens have gone their own ways, repairing the world while keeping a safe distance from each other, when Peter Rosen, a widowed refugee from Nazi Germany and retired German professor, takes a bad fall in the snow and a call from Spooner Street prompts his estranged daughter, Marlene Rosen, to spend a long stretch in Madison with her ailing but difficult father.
Ten-year-old Eva Hoffman's family, Austrian refugees, have found precarious safety in Topeka, Kansas. It is 1951, the year of the landmark desegregation case. As the rising river inundates the town, the Hoffman's open their home to refugees from the flood, and Eva learns the complexities of prejudice - and courage - both within and outside her family.
"A second generation chronicle that offers rich intellectual insights while stiring our deepest feelings." Leo Spitzer, author of Hotel Bolivia "Pursing her story across two continents, Ascher, the daughter of a Vienese psychoanalyst, explores the unsettling legacy of Nazi persecution on her complicated immigrant family and ultimately on herself, in this probing, well-written memoir." - Alix Kates Shulman

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The Flood

Nine-year-old Eva Hoffman is the daughter of Austrian Jewish refugees who have found a precarious safety among a small community of European exiles attached to a psychoanalytic hospital in Topeka, Kansas. It is 1951, and the landmark school desegregation case, Brown v. Topeka Board of Education, is being tried in the local court. As the rising river inundates the town, the Hoffmans open their home to refugees from the flood, and Evan learns the complexities of prejudice--and courage--both within and outside her family.

From Library Journal
A disastrous spring flood and the coming of integration introduce adult problems into the placid life of a young Kansas girl. At ten, Eva Hoffman has had a textbook-perfect childhood despite her German-Jewish parents' memories of Nazi horrors. Now, as Brown brings suit against the Topeka, Kansas, school district she attends, and floods bring confrontation with refugees whose lives differ widely from hers, Eva must learn to accommodate both the world's ugliness and the altruistic values she has been taught. Ascher writes lucidly and simply about complicated situations and feelings, so much so that the novel might do for a literate young adult reader, though oversimplification of character and a weak ending somewhat mar its impact. Recommended. Shelley Cox, Special Collections, Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale
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A "richly evocative story of the awakening to adulthood, this novel demands slow and appreciative reading. Ascher should be applauded for writing what critic and novelist John Gardener once called 'moral fiction'." --Los Angeles Times

"A refreshing and extremely moving novel." --Ms. Magazine

"I wish there were more books like Carol Ascher's—sensitively observed, full of affection and life, and . . . passionately concerned with crucial moral questions."

—Rosellen Brown