Like so many other immigrants, Meyer Nudelman came to America (from Russia) at the turn of the twentieth century, in search of a better life -- if not for him, then for his eventual children. By the time his youngest son Sherwin came along, he was hobbled and unsteady on his feet, and beset by angry women (wife, wife's mother, wife's sister) who have some unknown grudge against him. His one ally, Sherwin, is acutely embarrassed by his father's weakness and dependence on him. The author, a clinical professor of surgery at Yale and author of the bestselling _How We Die_, recalls a life of harrowing poverty, unhappiness, and mysterious secrets that only became clear to him many years later. (He also reveals his treatment for depression with electroshock therapy.) Nuland's memoir shows the cruelty of children to their parents, the struggle of immigrant life, and the tiny victories on the way to success in a strange and unfriendly land.
This report prepared by David Loftus