The Street Sweeper

The Street Sweeper

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By (author) Elliot Perlman

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  • Publisher: FABER & FABER
  • Format: Paperback | 576 pages
  • Dimensions: 153mm x 234mm x 41mm | 752g
  • Publication date: 16 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0571236847
  • ISBN 13: 9780571236848
  • Sales rank: 5,170

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On the crowded streets of New York City, there are even more stories than there are people passing each other every day...only some of these stories survive to become history. Lamont Williams, recently released from prison and working as a hospital janitor, strikes up an unlikely friendship with a patient, an elderly Jewish Holocaust survivor who starts to tell him of his extraordinary past. Meanwhile Adam Zignelik, the son of a prominent Jewish civil rights lawyer, is facing a personal crisis: almost 40-years-old, his long-term relationship is faltering and his academic career has stalled. It's only when one of his late father's closest friends, the civil rights activist William McCray, suggests a promising research topic that the possibility of some kind of redemption arises. Dealing with memory, racism and the human capacity for guilt, resilience, heroism, and unexpected kindness, "The Street Sweeper" spans over fifty years, and ranges from New York to Melbourne, Chicago, Warsaw and Auschwitz, as these two very different paths - Adam's and Lamont's - lead to one greater story.

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Elliot Perlmanis the acclaimed author of a collection of short stories and two novels,Three Dollars, the film adaptation of which was released in 2005, andSeven Types of Ambiguity, which was a 'New York Times Notable Book' and a national bestseller in France, where it was described 'one of the best novels of recent years, a complete success'(Le Monde). A barrister, he lived in New York for many years and currently lives in Melbourne.

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"An extraordinary tale powerfully told, "The Street Sweeper"reveals how individual people matter in history, how unexpected connections can change lives, and how the stories we hear affect how we see the world. It's a tremendously moving work that deserves to be read and remembered." --"The Globe and Mail" "The Street Sweeper is an impressive literary achievement, complex in its organization, meticulous in its plotting and deeply satisfying in its emotional payoffs." --"The Wall Street Journal"" ""Humane, compelling and convincing . . . artfully structured and well written." --"The Sunday Times" "Street Sweeper . . . demonstrates how history and fiction can converge to tell stories that cry out to be remembered." --"The Telegraph" (UK) "Perlman offers an affecting meditation on memory itself, on storytelling as an act of healing." --"The Guardian "(UK) "An extraordinary tale powerfully told, The Street Sweeper reveals how individual people matter in history, how unexpected connections can change lives, and how the stories we hear affect how we see the world. It's a tremendously moving work that deserves to be read and remembered." --"The Globe and Mail" "An expertly told novel of life in immigrant America--and of the terrible events left behind in the old country." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Brilliantly makes personal both the Holocaust and the civil rights movement.... A moving and literate page-turner." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Perlman's compulsively readable wrestle-with-evil saga is intimate and monumental, wrenching and cathartic." --Booklist (starred review) "In the best kind of books, there is always that moment when the words on the page swallow the world outside -- subway stations fly by, errands go un-run, rational bedtimes are abandoned -- and the only goal is to gobble up the next paragraph, and the next, and the next.... [The Stre