by Sharon Gloger Friedman

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A Jewish Family's Epic of Hope, Tragedy, and Survival

Easter Sunday, 1903 ushered in three days of government-sanctioned brutality on the Jews of Kishinev, Russia. In the aftermath of slaughter, rape, and destruction, Meyer and Sadie Raisky escape to New York City with their thirteen-year-old daughter, Miriam. Their home and business gone, reeling from devastating personal tragedy, the Raiskys cling to the promise of a better life in America. But upon arriving in New York City, Miriam and her parents quickly learn that promises are easily broken in the tenements of the Lower East Side. When circumstances force Miriam to abandon the schooling she loves to help support her family, she goes to work at the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, joining other immigrant girls who work long hours for low wages in shocking conditions. Against the backdrop of emerging workers' rights and women's rights, Miriam's social conscience and young womanhood both blossom when she falls in love with a union organizer. Meticulously researched and rich with beautifully drawn characters that bring 20th-century New York City to life, Ashes is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, and a haunting elegy to the young women whose suffering inspired changes to the working conditions in the garment industry.

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BN ID: 2940161864852
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 11/05/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 217,238
File size: 672 KB

About the Author

Sharon Gloger Friedman was born and raised in South Florida and now happily resides in Georgia with her husband. A former teacher, copy editor, and freelance writer, her articles and essays have appeared in The Boston Globe, Woman’s World Magazine, Yahoo News and Ashes is her first novel. Visit her web site at

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Ashes 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read - strong characters. They are a strong family who face hard times. Excellent historical fiction as it pulls in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire.
CaroleL 7 months ago
The author, Sharon Gloger Friedman, certainly did her homework on this one! I was familiar with the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire before, but this book really gives you a true sense of the sweatshops. It provides the reader an inside look at what it was like for young women who were forced to work in horrible conditions to support their families in New York's tenements. This story is about an immigrant family running for their lives from the Russian pogroms and how the streets of the U.S. were not so paved in gold. Sharon Gloger Friedman did a beautiful job telling this story. I can't wait to see what she does next!