A Good American

A Good American

Alex George

“A superbly written novel, laced with background and music.” —Emily St. John Mandel, writer of Station Eleven

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Everything he’d obvious have been unimaginably assorted from the dry, dour streets of domestic, and to his shock he was once now not sorry within the slightest. He used to be obsessed with the beguiling otherness of it all.


And so started my grandfather’s rapturous love affair with America—an affair that might proceed till the day he died.

This is the tale of the Meisenheimer family members, instructed by way of James, a third-generation American dwelling in Beatrice, Missouri. It’s the place his German grandparents—Frederick and Jette—found themselves after travelling around the turbulent Atlantic, fording the flood-swollen Mississippi, and being dropped at a unexpected halt by means of the damaged water of the pregnant Jette.

 A sturdy American tells of Jette’s dogged selection to feed a city sauerkraut and soul meals; the loves and losses of her childrens, Joseph and Rosa; and the precocious voices of James and his brothers, occasionally raised in discord…sometimes in excellent harmony. 

But in particular, A solid American is concerning the tune in Frederick’s middle, a music that begun as an aria, was once jazzed by means of ragtime, and have become an anthem of affection for his followed state that the kin nonetheless hears to this day.

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