Reader Rendezvous – June Buddy Read

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THE CITY BEAUTIFUL by Aden Polydoros

Chicago, 1893. For Alter Rosen, this is the land of opportunity, and he dreams of the day he’ll have enough money to bring his mother and sisters to America, freeing them from the oppression they face in his native Romania.

But when Alter’s best friend, Yakov, becomes the latest victim in a long line of murdered Jewish boys, his dream begins to slip away. While the rest of the city is busy celebrating the World’s Fair, Alter is now living a nightmare: possessed by Yakov’s dybbuk, he is plunged into a world of corruption and deceit, and thrown back into the arms of a dangerous boy from his past. A boy who means more to Alter than anyone knows.

Now, with only days to spare until the dybbuk takes over Alter’s body completely, the two boys must race to track down the killer—before the killer claims them next.

*Description from Goodreads.

Genre: YA Historical Fantasy, Mystery

Themes: Antisemitism, labour exploitation, immigration, Jewish folklore, life & death

Setting: Chicago, 1893

Content Warnings: Antisemitism, murder, death, violence, fire, blood, hate crime, death of parent, religious bigotry, child death, grief, homophobia, rape, pedophilia, sexual assault, genocide, suicide, police brutality, animal death, medical content

Reading Breakdown:

Discord channels are organized by part to minimize spoilers and keep the chat going while reading.

Chapters 1-16

Chapters 17-34

Chapters 35-epilogue

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The City Beautiful

The City Beautiful