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Lore Segal: Her First American

(Fiction, 287 pp. 1994)

This surprisingly comic novel follows the adventures of Ilka Weissnix, a 21-year-old Austrian Jew who has survived the War and come to the United States.  As she explores her new world, she enters into an unlikely romance with an older African-American intellectual, who also turns out to be losing a battle with alcoholism

  • Review: Kirkus
  • Review by Vivian Gornick, Nation, December 13, 2004
  • Review by Carolyn Kizer, New York Times, May 19, 1985
  • Biography
  • Biograph
  • Drew Johnson interviews Lore Segal, Bookslut, December 2011
  • Audio and Video: Julie Orringer interviews Lore Segal, New York Public Library, May 5, 2010 (66 min.)