Step inside the pages of Life with an Accent and you’ll be on a child’s gripping journey from Berlin to the Middle East to America. By highlighting the true story of one naturalized American citizen, author Marilyn Gottlieb reminds readers polarized by immigration problems that our nation has been built upon the success of many refugees. The book is an emotional dip into the 20(th) century and a must-read for those exploring their own roots.We start with Frank Levy, a toddler feeding pigeons in Venice and learning the importance of family while the world turns chaotic in 1936. By the time he is 13 Frank is a pro at starting over. He shifts languages and cultures, even changes his name in a life molded by happenings beyond his control. Wherever he goes he is marked by his accent. Stunning details make readers want to reach out to help the young boy assimilate.
When Frank adjusts, fate intervenes. He must reinvent himself again as an adult. Along the way he wins an award for sustainable technology. Efforts evoke stories from former times and the possibility of friendship between those who were once enemies, proving the past matters.
“People of all backgrounds will identify with the universal themes,” says Odette Heideman, Editor of Epiphany literary journal. “Once I read it I immediately wanted to share it with my mother and daughter.”
Carsten Ruepke, Head of Cultural Affairs, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Washington, D.C. says, “Issues arising from having to adapt to changing circumstances bear great relevance in today’s globalized world. Life with an Accent contributes to this important discussion. It is a tale full of optimism and inspirational to us all.”
Marilyn Gottlieb was director of public relations for Lintas and Ogilvy & Mather advertising agencies. A past member of the Board of Advertising Women of New York, she taught Public Relations at Manhattan’s New School and was a docent at the Museum of Tolerance. In 2012 she received an MFA in Writing and Literature.
Life with an Accent: One Immigrant’s Quest to Belong is listed on the Jewish Virtual Library and is available in paperback on www.amazon.com for $12.99 and ekindle for $9.99. Published by the Crescendo Group, bookstores, libraries and schools can purchase it via Ingram. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (631) 288-4596.
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