American dreams by John Jakes

By John Jakes

America's grasp storyteller first brought readers to the Crown family members in "Homeland." because the moment iteration comes of age, the Crowns try to discover their position in a turbulent the USA on the sunrise of a brand new century. From the speedways of Detroit to the glamour of younger Hollywood to the bold heights of early aviation, theirs is a narrative of ardour and experience, glory and ambition.

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Of course we have room for you. ” “Ah, certainly. Grown so big! ” He jammed two enormous menus under his arm, pivoted, and marched off with a stride suspiciously like a military goose step. ” Fritzi clasped her hands with a penitent’s long face. Ilsa couldn’t help smiling. 22 DREAMERS Rudolf seated them, unaware of the byplay. ” After an unctuous bow he marched away. Fritzi removed her hat, the ribbon damp from the rain. ” Ilsa was fifty-nine. Her silvery-gray hair, worn in a high pompadour, showed no trace of its original reddish brown color.

Mired in socialist dogma—he was friendly with the very red Gene Debs—he’d taken part in a strike at a shingle factory out in Everett, Washington, where he worked for a time. The strikers fought a bloody brawl with hired goons. Two of the goons threw Joe Junior onto one of the buzz saws that split cedar blocks into shingles; the saw tore off his right foot. Only the quick action of a Norwegian woman, Anna Sieberson, kept him from bleeding to death. He later married Anna, and was planning to adopt her son when influenza carried her off suddenly.

Fritzi lapsed into silence. Ilsa reached across to clasp her hand again. ” “No, no, I see the signs. A generous heart brought you home when your papa was ill, and you’ve stayed. But I know you’re all at sea. ” “It was kind of you to introduce me to Jane Addams again. I know she’s a great friend, and Hull House helps ever so many poor people. But all the women I met there—your friends who volunteer with you—they’re not my age. ” “They are old, like me,” Ilsa said crisply, without self-pity. ” The waiter brought Ilsa’s soup and a basket of rye and black bread.

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