The Sorting Room

A Novel

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Pub Date 21 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 16 Sep 2021

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In Prohibition-era New York City, Eunice Ritter, an indomitable ten-year-old girl, finds work in a sweat shop—an industrial laundry—after impairing her older brother with a blow to the head in a sibling tussle. When the diminutive girl first enters the sorting room, she encounters a giant, the largest human being she has ever seen. Gussie, a powerful, hard-working Black woman, soon becomes her mentor and sole friend. Eunice is entrapped in the laundry’s sorting room by the Great Depression, sentenced to bring her low wages home to her alcoholic parents as penance for her childhood mistake. Then, on her sixteenth birthday, Eunice becomes pregnant and her drunken father demands the culprit marry his daughter, trapping her anew—this time in a loveless marriage, along with a child she never wanted. Within a couple of years, Eunice makes a grave error and settles into a lonely life of drudgery that she views as her own doing. Decades pass in virtual solitude before her secret history is revealed to those from whom she has withheld her love.

An epic family saga, The Sorting Room is a captivating tale of a woman’s struggle and perseverance in faint hopes of reconciliation, if not redemption.

In Prohibition-era New York City, Eunice Ritter, an indomitable ten-year-old girl, finds work in a sweat shop—an industrial laundry—after impairing her older brother with a blow to the head in a...


Advance Praise

“A moving and evocative tale, sweeping in scope, and beautifully narrated. Its depiction of Depression-era New York City is vivid and haunting. The Sorting Room is a memorable and inspirational saga about the power of one woman’s indomitable will, and its reverberations on the extended family she creates.”
―ROBERT STEVEN GOLDSTEIN, author of Cat’s Whisker, Enemy Queen, and The Swami Deheftner

“A moving and evocative tale, sweeping in scope, and beautifully narrated. Its depiction of Depression-era New York City is vivid and haunting. The Sorting Room is a memorable and inspirational saga...


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