Call It Sleep


Call It Sleep is a 1934 novel by Henry Roth. The book centers on the experiences of a young boy growing up in the Jewish immigrant ghetto of New York's Lower East Side in the early twentieth century.

Though it earned acclaim, the book sold poorly and went out of print for close to 30 years. It received a second life when it was reviewed by literary critic Irving Howe on the front page of The New York Times Book Review on October 25, 1964. Its paperback edition, published by Avon, sold over a million copies.[1] The novel was included on TIME magazine's list of the 100 best English-language novels 2005 list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923.[2]

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