Now Available from Yucca Publishing,

an Imprint of Skyhorse Publishing

A Tale of Two Citizens

by Elyce Wakerman


A lie is the only thing that can get twenty-year-old Harry Himelbaum past the cold scrutiny of Ellis
Island’s immigration official, Will Brown. A lie that locks them in a deadly battle.

It is 1929. At home, economic depression and dust storms ravage America, and abroad, the goose step of Nazism is intensifying. Widespread fear of “the other” has reached a fever pitch. Against this tumultuous backdrop, two families share the spotlight in this sweeping saga: the Himelbaums of Poland, and the Browns of Iowa.

All Harry Himelbaum wants is to live somewhere happy, and to send for the wife and child he must deny having. But Will Brown stands in the way. Will is a young, zealously patriotic Iowa lawyer, who has dedicated himself to staunchly upholding the nation’s laws and keeping his America pure. Little does he expect that his childhood sweetheart and new wife, Barbara, would form a romantic attachment for Harry, the man he’s sworn to keep out.

Based on the true story of the author’s father, this heart-wrenching clash of love and loyalties is a picture of an America torn between being a symbol of hope for immigrants and a proud nation fighting to re-create itself.



Born and raised in Washington Heights, NY, Elyce Wakerman is the author of Father Loss: Daughters Discuss the Man That Got Away, and Air Powered, The Art of the Airbrush. Her debut novel, A Tale of Two Citizens, was published by Yucca Publishing in February 2015. Feature articles and op-ed pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles TimesThe Jewish Journal, and The Los Angeles Daily News. She taught writing at California State University, Northridge for fifteen years, and lives in Sherman Oaks, California with her husband, filmmaker Jeff Werner. They have two grown children.

The courage and stamina of trying to fit into a country torn by its attitudes toward immigrants; the hovering cloud of uncertainty about loved ones left behind; the quiet dignity of the newcomer and the basic decency of America: A Tale of Two Citizens­ resonates with today’s struggles in a gripping and suspenseful story told with narrative mastery.
— Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak Executive Director, Jewish Renewal in Poland
The best book I have ever read on the Midwest in the 1920s and 1930s.
— Betty Lussier Author, Intrepid Woman

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ISBN: 9781631580147 | ISBN 10: 1631580140
Yucca Publishing | On Sale: 02/03/2015
Trimsize: 6 in (w) x 9 in (h) Pages: 376 | List Price: 24.95 USD
Hardcover | FICTION / Romance / Historical/Suspense