Bread Givers is a novel by Anzia Yezierska that was first published in See a complete list of the characters in Bread Givers and in-depth analyses of. Anzia Yezierska’s best-known novel, Bread Givers, received a glowing review in the New York Times on September 13, Beautifully redesigned page for page with the previous editions, Bread Givers is an essential historical work with enduring relevance.

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It was heartbreaking seeing the daughters marry and struggle and become controlled by their abusive husbands. It’s a fascinating story, and highly recommended for anyone interested in American immigration history.

Yezierska’s first novel, ‘s Salome of Tenementswas also made into a silent film, though it did not become as well known. The marriage was annulled giivers six months, because she had refused to consummate it. It just felt to me that she didn’t really get her happy ending that she deserved. I was fully immersed in this book.

The most interesting thing was keeping in mind that it was not historical fiction but rather a semi-autobiographical novel published in The professor recommended it aanzia and told the class that it was a good read and that we would all find ourselves absorbed in the book once we got into it.

I thought this book was an amazing book because it talks about how it is like living like an immigrant that just moved to America. Nov 08, Sharyn rated it really liked it.

“New York Times” reviews Yezierska’s “Bread Givers”

Having to live in a poor family and a father that doesn’t work due to his “learning”, she decides to live her life and rebel against her father. If the story is pitched at too high of a register to sustain itself, and the heroine’s father too much of a caricature of the chauvinistic patriarch, there are more than enough moments of genuine feeling to make up for it.


She flees from the entrapment of her family home against the yezierka of her father, yelling that she is an American. She graduated in as a cooking teacher, but she did not remain a teacher for long because she disliked it intensely.

“New York Times” reviews Yezierska’s “Bread Givers” | Jewish Women’s Archive

Although she took a job as a social worker yezietska Hebrew Charities in San Francisco, Yezierska was unable to support her daughter as a single mother and was forced to send her to live with her father. As is often typical of ultra- religious families, women are subjugated to the rules of male dominance.

It’s a great book, although quite sad in parts. So what is he to do? Aug 12, Ann Olszewski rated it really liked it.

The contradiction is obvious to everyone but himself so he ends up participating in the same tragedy which he has inflicted on his daughters by, as a widower, marrying a woman who expects nothing but … a bread giver. But the reconciliation is bittersweet. When she returns to visit with her family after her initial educational endeavor, her reception was as expected.

The masterful writing of Anzia Yezierska has given us an inspiring character to admire.

Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska

Her struggles really focus on her understanding and growth as a person with her identity and responsibility towards family, love, and the feelings of being an outsider typical of many immigrants. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This book is definitely not a heart-warming tale of life on the Lower East Side at the turn of the century.

Her resolution with her father and stepmother left me a bit confused, perhaps I am a bit too hard. She had little interest in domestic studies, for which her scholarship was granted, and she felt inferior to the American students at the school. This book also raises a number of important issues in American history. But now, it reminds me of how far American women have come in the last years, how hard those battles were, and what a threat fundamentalist men still are to our well-being.


The first half of the story takes place when the main character, Sarah Smolinsky, is still a child or in her teens, and describes the control that her father had over her mother and breac. Her dilemma to choose college over marriage.

She never gave up despite all the troubles that were being tossed in her journey of discovering herself. It is just him none other than anyone else in the family.

Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska

She is happy, but she isn’t the Sara that she wanted to be. Bread Givers is not the only one I have read dealing with immigrant life in America. A dried-up old maid? I love books about immigrants during the early 20th century. I must buy what I got to sell. Fully “being a person,” I suppose, means at the most basic level that one matters, that one asserts one’s own value, and that one has succeeded in finding a community that agrees with that assertion. Against a backdrop of grinding poverty, misogyny and broken dreams, it tells the story of acculturation and the illusion of the American Dream.