David Schearl arrives in New York in his mother’s arms to begin his new life as an immigrant in the ‘Golden Land’. David is hated by his father – an angry, violent man unable to find his niche in the New World – but is fiercely loved and protected by his Yiddish-speaking mother. An innovative, multi-lingual novel, Call It Sleep, subtly interweaves the overwhelming love between a mother and son with the terrors and anxieties David experiences, as he seeks to find his own identity amidst the cultural disarray of early twentieth-century America.
With an introduction by Alfred Kazin.
Penguin Books, 2006 (1934)