Jewish Book Council
Review by Miriam Bradman Abrahams - August 2014

This short novel tells the poignant story of Sara Hoffman, a recently
widowed mother who brings her family from Cape Town, South
Africa to live in a small New England town. Her brother, Meyer,
sponsors the family and is lauded by the community for his
“charitable efforts.” Sara and Meyer have been estranged, but since
they have lost all their family in Eastern Europe they wish to
reconcile. Sara works hard to provide for her family but it is a hard
adjustment for her and the children to fit into their new place. The
author beautifully describes the former and current lifestyle of
these immigrants and the reactions of each family member to the
changes: love and loss, raising children, immigration, family
loyalty, the hardships of growing up, and reflections on making
important life decisions. This is a lovely story suitable for young
adults as well. The Newcomers is a sequel to the author’s
previously published book
In a Pale Blue Light, but it stands alone
beautifully. I look forward to backtracking and reading that tale
about a Jewish girl growing up in 1940s Cape Town.
THE NEWCOMERS