О чем написано в этой книге The Promised Land. New York City, 1942. Slowly building a life for himself, each new luxury - ice cream served in drugstores, bright shop windows, art, a new suit, a new romance and ultimately the possibility of a new life - has a bittersweet edge. From the detention centre on Ellis Island, Ludwig Somner looks across a small stretch of water to the glittering towers of Manhattan, which whisper seductively of freedom after so many years of wandering a perilous, suffering Europe. A haunting snapshot of a unique time, place and predicament, this is a wonderful evocation of a city, a gripping exploration of an individual haunted by the past and another powerful comment from Remarque on the devastating effects of war. Unexpectedly released into the citys chaotic midst, Somner finds himself adrift in this promised land, living the precarious life of a refugee amongst a community held together by an unspeakable past. Memories of war and inhumanity continue to resurface, even in a city seemingly bursting with opportunity.