I was really excited to receive A Good American to review because the story sounded so compelling. When it arrived, I immediately dove into the book and didn't surface until I'd read it all. After I read it, I turned back to the beginning and started all over again. Alex George did not disappoint.
James narrates the story of his family, beginning with his grandparents Frederick and Jette Meisenheimer, who immigrated to America from Germany to escape the stigma of an unplanned pregnancy. The paths they chose,people they meet, and their love of music and good food intertwine as they make their way in their new home. This tale comes together in a beautiful and sometimes heartbreaking way.
James says, "And so began my grandfather's rapturous love affair with America-an affair that would continue until the day he died."
Two things happened when I got to the end of this book. I was in a complete state of shock and I felt an overwhelming sense of loss. Shock because there is a twist that you never saw coming and loss because I truly was not ready to say goodbye to the Meisenheimer family.
I truly hope that Alex George plans to write more books. (Alex? PLEASE WRITE MORE BOOKS.)
This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own. If you'd like to join the book club discussion, visit http://www.blogher.com/good-american
p.s. Many apologies to the BlogHer Book Club and it's participants for the lateness of this review. My entire family (myself included) apparently contracted the Plague last week and are just now seeing the light at the end of the tunnel of sickness.