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Other People's Houses
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Nine months after the Nazi occupation of Austria, 600 Jewish children assembled at Vienna station to board the first of the kindertransports bound for Britain. Among them was ten year old Lore Segal. For the next seven years, she lived as a refugee in other people's houses, moving from the Orthodox Levines in Liverpool, to the staunchly working class Hoopers, to the genteel Miss Douglas and her sister in Guildford. Few understood the terrors she had fled, or the crushing responsibility of trying to help her parents gain a visa. Amazingly she succeeds and two years later her parents arrive; their visa allows them to work as domestic servants – a humiliation for which they must be grateful. In Other People's Houses Segal evokes with deep compassion, clarity and calm the experience of a child uprooted from a loving home to become stranded among strangers.
First published in serial form in The New Yorker in the early 1950s, and as an autobiographical novel in 1958.
"A brilliant novel in the form of a memoir"New York Times
"Immensely impressive"The New Republic
First published in 1958, this is a new edition with an afterword – philosophically astute and beautifully written – by Lore Segal in 2018

Nine months after the Nazi occupation of Austria, 600 Jewish children assembled at Vienna station to board the first of the kindertransports bound for Britain. Among them was ten year old Lore Segal. For the next seven years, she lived as a refugee in other people's houses, moving from the Orthodox Levines in Liverpool, to the staunchly working class Hoopers, to the genteel Miss Douglas and her sister in Guildford. Few understood the terrors she had fled, or the crushing responsibility of trying to help her parents gain a visa. Amazingly she succeeds and two years later her parents arrive; their visa allows them to work as domestic servants – a humiliation for which they must be grateful. In Other People's Houses Segal evokes with deep compassion, clarity and calm the experience of a child uprooted from a loving home to become stranded among strangers.
First published in serial form in The New Yorker in the early 1950s, and as an autobiographical novel in 1958.
"A brilliant novel in the form of a memoir"New York Times
"Immensely impressive"The New Republic
First published in 1958, this is a new edition with an afterword – philosophically astute and beautifully written – by Lore Segal in 2018

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  • Lore Segal (born 1928) is an American novelist, translator, children's author and teacher. Other People's Houses (1958) was the first of her five novels. She has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and is a regular contributor to the The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review and The New Republic.
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