Dreamland, by Kevin Baker

This is a historical fiction novel set in the early 1900s. It covers the Jewish immigrant experience, women in factories, the gangster life and living as a carnie (politically correct?). This book is interesting and well written and researched, but it loses some connection with the reader in its effort to maintain that level of “interesting.” It takes such a broad look at early New York City life and covers so many people/vastly different experiences, that I would have liked a more focused look at one or two of the characters. I never felt I had a full grasp on or view of any one aspect of the book, although as a whole it paints an honest and eye-opening view of life in the city.

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