A Good American

A young girl struggles to navigate her traumatic childhood torn between her parent’s conflicting religious beliefs and prejudices while desperately trying to find her own identity. 

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Leeza (Lise), an immigrant Jew, has converted to Catholicism to be accepted into her husband Joe's family, but as she watches her children being raised as Catholics, she suffers a crisis of guilt and remorse and creates a separate and secret life of Judaism for herself and her children in the basement. The children, in particular youngest daughter, Annie, are torn between an upstairs/downstairs life of secrets and lies.

Annie futilely tries to be who each parent wants her to be, while struggling to find her own identity and break the cycle of prejudice and religious conflict that has devastated her family and emotionally crippled her. 

 

 

Authors: 
Denise David Williams