Union Square : A Novel
Taking up where her celebrated "Rivington Street" left off, Meredith Tax's "Union Square" brims over with the passions and struggles of five indomitable women: Hannah Levy, the Russian immigrant matriarch; Sarah, a communist organizer who sides with the union - and against her Bolshevik husband - in opposing the Hitler-Stalin pact; Ruby, who covertly undercuts her department store magnate husband's business with her own clothing designs; Rachel, a wealthy widow dedicated to bohemian life and the pleasures of the Jazz Age; and Rachel's sister-in-law, Tish, a lesbian expatriate who seeks sexual and artistic fulfillment in the salons of Paris and Weimar Germany. Gutsy and engrossing, "Union Square" paints a complex, believable picture of the tumultuous years between the end of the First World War and the eve of the Second.
- Paperback | 440 pages
- 152.9 x 233.2 x 23.6mm | 598.75g
- 01 Oct 2001
- University of Illinois Press
- Baltimore, United States
"[Union Square] is accessible and entertaining and combines romance, family life, fashion and politics without condescension... The novel's special texture comes from a zesty, downtown, left-wing reading of events... Gritty [and] satisfying." -- Eden Ross Lipson, New York Times Book Review "Like Rivington Street, Union Square is a good read. It's juicy, fast-paced, full of scrumptious descriptions of food, fashion, glamorous living, romance. But that's not what makes it worth reading... [Tax] sees these details as part of a panorama of American history--political, social and, most profoundly, feminist history... Tax's achievement in Union Square is impressive." -- Elayne Rapping, The Nation "Meredith Tax does something different, something revolutionary. She brings women's history to life in the characters and events of her narrative... A historical novel that is, in itself, a satisfying bonbon of a book." -- Lillian S. Robinson, Women's Review of Books