wait to see the movie!
Review of Fixer by Ivy Naistadt on Amazon.com
Brodow weaves an amazing story around the intricacies of New York
City politics and what it meant to be an immigrant at the beginning of
the Twentieth Century. This is reason enough to read this fine work. I
never really knew what Tammany Hall was until I read Fixer. But the real
attraction is the story of Harry Leonnoff, a character who succeeds in
capturing the reader's affection and empathy. He overcomes the poverty
of the Lower East Side, the lack of a formal education and a frightening
bout with polio to become a kind of Robin Hood during the Depression.
At a time when immigrants and the poor were victimized by a crooked political
system, Harry becomes their champion.
The tragedies of Harry's personal life offer a counterpoint against his
success in helping other people. I can't wait to see who plays Harry,
Fiorello, Marie, and Willie in the movie!