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In The City

published by Viking Penguin 1987, paperback 1988

In 1925, Pauline Samuels, fresh out of high school in Newark, believes she is moving light years away from her immigrant parents when she crosses the river to settle in Greenwich Village. She wants to “enter, somehow, a circle of people who [do] artistic and outrageous things and to be admired by them, to be famous for being with them.” As she happily enters a life of speakeasies, parties, and political rallies, she learns hard lessons in love affairs (one tinged by violence) and sheds illusions. In this second novel, Silber has her eye once again on how the assumptions of one era are outfoxed by experience.