The Street Sweeper
by Elliot Perlman
Editor: FABER & FABER
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On the crowded streets of New York City there are even more stories than there are people who cross paths every daysome of these stories survive to become historyLamont Williams, recently released from prison and working as a hospital janitor, strikes until an improbable friendship with a patient, an old Jewish Holocaust survivor who begins to tell him his extraordinary pastMeanwhile, Adam Zignelik, the son of a prominent Jewish civil rights lawyer, is facing a personal crisis: nearly 40 years, his long-term relationship is failing and his academic career has stalledIt is only when one has his late father’s closest friends, civil rights activist William McCray, suggests a promising search for a subject that the possibility of some kind of redemption arisesDealing with man’s memory, racism and ability of guilt, resilience, heroism, and unexpected heroism, Goodness, The Street Sweeper spans over fifty years, and goes from New York to Melbourne, Chicago, Warsaw and Auschwitz, as these two different paths, Adam and Lamont is – it leads to a greater story
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