This reading group guide for Golden Country includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.
Introduction Golden Country
, Jennifer Gilmore's masterful and irreverent reinvention of the Jewish-American novel, captures the exuberance of the American dream while exposing its underbelly — disillusionment, greed, and the disaffection bred by success. As Gilmore's charmingly flawed characters witness and shape American history they come to embody America's greatness, as well as its greatest imperfections. Spanning the first half of the twentieth century, Golden Country
vividly brings to life the intertwining stories of three immigrants seeking their fortunes — the handsome and ambitious Seymour, a salesman-turned-gangster-turned-Broadway producer; the gentle and pragmatic Joseph, a door-to-door salesman who is driven to invent a cleanser effective enough to wipe away the shame of his brother's mob connections; and the irresistible Frances Gold, who grows up in Brooklyn, stars in Seymour's first show, and marries the man who invents television. Their three families, though inextricably connected for years, are brought together for the first time by th