First Papers by Laura Z Hobson, book club edition, 1964
For Stefan and Alexandra Ivarin, who moved from Russia to America nearly twenty years ago, becoming "American" is a lifelong project. Stefan and Alexandra Ivarin emigrated to America at the end of the nineteenth century. Russian Jewish socialists, the Ivarins are now established in a Long Island home designed, somewhat haphazardly, by Stefan. Despite their attempts at assimilation, the Ivarins find themselves still struggling to find a balance between their Russian roots and their American lives, between their past and their future--and those of their children. Based in part upon Hobson's own childhood, "First Papers" is a tender portrait of the tension between embracing a foreign culture full of opportunity while longing for a lost homeland.
- 1964 copy of First Papers by Laura Z Hobson
- hardcover with dust jacket
- book club edition
- some light discoloration on the dust jacket, though overall excellent condition