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The Last Days of Ellis Island

The Last Days of Ellis Island

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"New York, November 3, 1954. In a few days, the immigration inspection station on Ellis Island will close its doors forever. John Mitchell, an officer of the Bureau of Immigration, is the guardian and last resident of the island. As Mitchell looks back over forty-five years as gatekeeper to America and its promise of a better life, he recalls his brief marriage to his beloved wife Liz, and is haunted by memories of a transgression involving Nella, an immigrant from Sardinia. Told is a series of poignant diary entries, this is a story of responsibility, love, fidelity, and remorse."--Back cover.
Publisher: New York : World Editions, 2020
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781642860719
Branch Call Number: FIC JOSSE 2020
Characteristics: 203 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Lehrer, Natasha


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Nov 24, 2020

Maybe my problem was I was expecting a more uplifting story about Ellis Island. Instead Josse wrote about the realities of the immigration experience. Reading the story of John Mitchell, the last supervisor and resident of the island, was interesting and I was saddened to think how much I disliked him by the end of the book. The book failed to resonate with me, perhaps it is in the translation?


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