Originally published in 1964 and hailed by critics including Cynthia Ozick and Elie Wiesel, OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSES is Lore Segal’s internationally acclaimed semi-autobiographical first novel.
On a December night in 1938, a ten-year-old girl named Lore is put on the Kindertransport, a train carrying hundreds of Jewish children out of Austria to safety from Hitler’s increasingly alarming oppression. Temporarily housed at the Dover Court Camp on England’s east coast, Lore will find herself living in other people’s houses for the next seven years: the Orthodox Levines, the Hoopers, the working-class Grimsleys, and the wealthy Miss Douglas and Mrs. Dillon.
Charged with the task of asking “the English people” to get her parents out of Austria, Lore discovers in herself an impassioned writer. In letters to potential sponsors, she details the horrors happening back at home; in those to her parents, she notes the mannerisms and reactions of the new families around her as she valiantly tries to master their language. And the closer the world comes to a new war, the more resolute Lore becomes to survive.
Lore Segal is the author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist SHAKESPEARE’S KITCHEN, as well as the novels LUCINELLA, HER FIRST AMERICAN, and HALF THE KINGDOM. Segal has won a Guggenheim Fellowship, two PEN/O. Henry Awards, the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award, a fellowship at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A recognized author of children’s books, Segal has also written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, and Harper’s, among others.