Author, City of Slaughter, Stealing First and Where Do Missing Things Go?
"Drew's "City of Slaughter" is a powerful novel of turn-of-the-20th Century immigrants and their struggle to adapt in a new land. Drawing on actual history and mixing fiction with fact, Drew's fascinating tale focuses on two sisters, Carsie and Lilia, who attempt to overcome poverty, the prejudices of the time and their rural background to make their way in New York City. " ~ New York Festival of Books' Review
"This rapidly paced novel kept me absorbed from the start as I followed the twists and turns of Carsie's life. ..." Phyllis Levin, Baltimore Jewish Times
"...a strong debut novel that puts readers into the environment of early twentieth-century New York. ... This is an excellent choice for book clubs and for mature teens." ~Association of Jewish Libraries Review (Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland Public Library, Oakland, CA; Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley, CA)
"...The author has obviously done her research; readers of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle will recognize this world...this is an interesting read. The strong theme of self-actualization will appeal to many female readers." Historical Novels Review
"Young Jewish immigrants make the difficult journey from Russia to America and enter the hectic, crowded and ever-dangerous world of New York City's garment industry. A great read for all historical novel buffs. It made me want to delve deeper into my own grandparents' journey to New York." ~ Susan Nieman, Jewish Scene Magazine
"Bitter truths, sweet moments, and the gamut of human emotion thread together in Drew's stark, detailed debut.. . . Taking on themes of women's equality, parity for workers, and the role of immigrants in shaping their new countries, Drew stitches together a tale that will stun readers with what the human heart can withstand while never losing faith that hope lies just around the corner." - Booklist March 2012
Fire escape photo: Taken from inside Triangle Waist company after the disastrous 1911 fire, photographer unknown. Photo used courtesy of International Ladies Garment Workers Union Archives, Kheel Center, Cornell University