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"This lush, epic tale of one family''s journey from immigrant to Good Americans had me alternately laughing and crying, but always riveted. It''s a rich, rare treat of a book, and Alex George is a first-rate talent."
-Sara Gruen, New York Times-bestselling author of Water for Elephants and Ape House

"As epic as an opera, as intimate as a lullaby, A Good American swept me through an entire century of triumph and tragedy with the wonderful Meisenheimer family. By turns laugh-out-loud funny and achingly sad, the story of the residents of Beatrice, Missouri, and all their glorious, messy secrets and dreams is a winner from the first page. Alex George has created that rare and beautiful thing-a novel I finished and immediately wanted to start again."
-Eleanor Brown, New York Times-bestselling author of The  Weird Sisters

"Richly drawn, tragic, yet laced with humor-A Good American is a remarkable, multigenerational story of a German immigrant family struggling to find roots as dreams collide with honor and secrets lead to heartache."
-Beth Hoffman, New York Times-bestselling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

". . . at once funny and sad and spectacularly real. A must-read."
-Speer Morgan, editor of The Missouri Review

"A Good American is a novel to be savored. It''s brave, tender, and funny. As George promises in the opening line of this multigenerational story, ''Always, there was music.'' "
-Rebecca Rasmussen, author of The Bird Sisters

"Alex George''s A Good American is good, old-fashioned storytelling, and his characters, both recognizable and startlingly fresh each time, linger in the mind and heart like the strains of a treasured melody. By turns funny and heartbreaking, A Good American  lifts the reader from the first sentence and carries her all the way to the powerful end with the swiftness and confidence of the big muddy river running through the little town of Beatrice, Missouri. It was truly a joy to read."
-Lise Saffran, author of Juno''s Daughters
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ISBN-10:  039915759X
ISBN-13:  978-0399157592
Publisher:  Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam
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review by . February 12, 2012
This multi-generational immigrant story tells the complicated and enduring tale of one family's life and loves. After Frederick and Jette flee Hanover to start a new life, they end up in the small town of Beatrice, Missouri not because of any plan but rather because of a series of small choices that end up having a lasting impact. The story of their love, the family they create, and the subsequent generations is tied together by music; from opera to jazz to barbershop quartets, music is the constant …
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