A Jew Grows in Brooklyn
The Curious Reflections of a First-Generation American
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The Arguably Dysfunctional Insights of a 'Kid' from Brooklyn
As a boy, Jake Ehrenreich wanted nothing more than to fit in. The reality of being the first American-born child of Holocaust survivors with thick European accents made him cringe, and he did everything he could to fit his vision of what it meant to be a 'real' American. His expertise on the ball field, good looks, and extraordinary musical talent gained him popularity, but deep inside, he was uncomfortable with his identity and his family's haunting past.
Only through his life-changing experiences—living a perilous rock 'n' roll lifestyle, battling drug abuse, womanizing, coping with his mother and two sisters' early-onset Alzheimer's disease, finding love, fathering the only child who will carry on his family name, and then dealing with his beloved dad's courageous battle with Parkinson's disease—did Jake Ehrenreich begin to appreciate and honor his family's heritage as well as himself.
Based on his hit show 'A Jew Grows in Brooklyn'—which ran in the heart of Broadway and continues to entertain audiences nationwide and which the New York Times described as 'beautiful . . . touching . . . funny'—these stories mine the same life-affirming voyage of self-discovery, while delving deeper into Ehrenreich's rich experiences.
- Health Communications, Inc., March 2010
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