A young French girl comes to America in 1947, after the Second World War. Her parents and sister have been killed at Auschwitz concentration camp. She must learn to make it in America among relatives who are unfriendly, and a language that bewilders her. Funny and poignant, the reader follows her as she moves along step by step towards becoming an American.
Marilyn gives an overview of the book:
I was born in the Bronx, New York City. The street I lived on had no trees or flowers, but it had children – lots and lots of children. The street didn’t go anywhere important, and cars seldom came through. In the summertime, it was frequently closed to traffic.