“Whether it is the immediate drama of Rat’s loss of innocence (‘her blithe assumption that other people were basically well-intentioned’) or her sometimes painful independence from the mother she loves (“from worship to apartness to wary but still infinitely tender”). the plainspoken, direct prose and the beautiful storytelling combine to produce a novel that is mythic, gritty, and unforgettable.”– Booklist
Eberstadt’s first work of non-fiction, based on her six years in Perpignan’s Gypsy community and her friendship with one Gypsy family, each of whose children has chosen a quite different way of negotiating the conflicts between modernity and tribal belonging.
It’s Manhattan in the 1990s. Gwen Lewis is an ambitious high-flying young consultant jetting between the ex-Soviet republics and a condominium on the Upper West Side. She has family money, a banker-boyfriend: She thinks her life is perfect. Then one day, Gwen meets Gideon Wolkowitz, an impoverished sweet-talking puppeteer who works in an anarchist squat on the Lower East Side.
“This is a bouillon cube of a book; it’s so condensed…[it] makes a meal for six…We view the action through a veil of sweat and tears, licking our lips so as not to miss the salt…’Low Tide’ is a book that leaves its mark.” –Lisa St. Aubin de Teran, The New York Times Book Review