Alex George's A Good American is a positive and uplifting novel about the American Dream.
This is the story of the Meisenheimer family, told by James, a third-generation American living in Beatrice, Missouri.
It's where his German grandparents - Frederick and Jette - found themselves after journeying across the turbulent Atlantic, fording the flood-swollen Mississippi, and being brought to a sudden halt by the broken waters of the pregnant Jette.
A Good American tells of Jette's dogged determination to feed a town sauerkraut and soul food; the loves and losses of her children, Joseph and Rosa; and the precocious voices of James and his brothers, sometimes raised in perfect harmony ...sometimes in discord.
But above all, A Good American is about the music in Frederick's heart, a song that began as an aria, was jazzed by ragtime, and became an anthem of love for his adopted country that the family still hears to this day. "There's plenty of storytelling charm on display here, with echoes of John Irving's humane zaniness". (The New York Times). "Epic, lyrical, compelling". (USA Today). "A sweeping, lush intergenerational novel about a family of German-Americans learning to live in 20th-century America". (Oprah.com).
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/08/2013
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781905490936