‘Songs for the Butcher’s Daugher’ Rises on Amazon

First novel, Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter by Peter Manseau, got quite a boost in sales on Amazon (rising from 304,505 to 313) after being featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, somewhat belatedly (it was published in early September). Manseau has written three works of nonfiction, including the well-received memoir, Vows.

About a young man who befriends the last living Yiddish poet (one of the “sweat shop poets”), it is inspired by Manseau’s stint as a book collector for a Jewish cultural institution. As a result of that job, Maseau, a Catholic from Boston, fell in love with the Yiddish language. He now teaches writing at Georgetown University.

Large libraries own it in small quantities (a single copy each for just the largest branches), with some holds.


Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter
Peter Manseau

  • Hardcover: $25; 384 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (September 9, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1416538704
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416538707

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