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The Street Sweeper

Elliot Perlman

The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman is the break-out third novel from the highly acclaimed author of Three Dollars and Seven Types of Ambiguity.

Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571236848
Date Published
16.02.2012
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Summary

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.

ElliotPerlman

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,…

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