By Joyce Carol Oates
"In 1936 the Schwarts, an immigrant relations wanting to get away Nazi Germany, settle in a small city in upstate manhattan, the place the daddy, a former highschool instructor, is demeaned via the single activity he can get: gravedigger and cemetery caretaker. After neighborhood prejudice and the family's personal emotional frailty bring about unspeakable tragedy, the gravedigger's daughter, Rebecca, starts off her dazzling pilgrimage into the United States, an odyssey of erotic hazard and innovative bold, inventive self-invention, and, in any case, a bittersweet—but very "American"—triumph. "You are born right here, they won't harm you"—so the gravedigger has envisioned for his daughter, for you to develop into true.
In The Gravedigger's Daughter, Oates has created a masterpiece of household but mythic realism, straight away emotionally enticing and intellectually provocative: an in detail saw testimony to the resilience of the person to set beside such predecessors because the Falls, Blonde, and We have been the Mulvaneys."