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The Lake on Fire is an epic narrative that begins among 19th-century Jewish immigrants on a failing Wisconsin farm. 

Dazzled by lore of the American dream, Chaya and her strange, brilliant young brother Asher stow away to Chicago; what they discover there, however, is a Gilded Age as empty a façade as the beautiful Columbian Exposition luring thousands to Lake Michigan's shore. The pair scrapes together a meager living - Chaya in a cigar factory; Asher, roaming the city and stealing books and jewelry to share with the poor, until they find different paths of escape. 

An examination of family, love, and revolution, this profound tale resonates eerily with today's current events and tumultuous social landscape. The Lake on Fire is robust, gleaming, and grimy all at once, proving that celebrated author Rosellen Brown is back with a story as luminous as ever.

©2018 Rosellen Brown (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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interesting, but not enthralling

I found the historical details interesting, but was not drawn into the story line as I had hoped.

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interesting, but not enthralling

I found the historical details interesting, but was not drawn into the story line as I had hoped.