Not Our Kind

Not Our Kind

With echoes of The Rules of Civility and The Boston Girl, a compelling and thought-provoking novel set in postwar New York City, about two women—one Jewish, one a WASP—and the wholly unexpected consequences of their meeting

One rainy morning in June, two years after the end of World War II, a minor traffic accident brings together Eleanor Moskowitz and Patricia Bellamy. Their encounter seems fated: Eleanor, a teacher and recent Vassar graduate, needs a job. Patricia’s difficult thirteen-year-old daughter Margaux, recovering from polio, needs a private tutor.

Though she feels out of place in the Bellamys’ rarefied and elegant Park Avenue milieu, Eleanor forms an instant bond with Margaux. Soon the idealistic young woman is filling the bright young girl’s mind with Shakespeare and Latin. Though her mother, a hat maker with a little shop on Second Avenue, disapproves, Eleanor takes pride in her work, even if she must use the name “Moss” to enter the Bellamys’ restricted doorman building each morning, and feels that Patricia’s husband, Wynn, may have a problem with her being Jewish.

Invited to keep Margaux company at the Bellamys’ country home in a small town in Connecticut, Eleanor meets Patricia’s unreliable, bohemian brother, Tom, recently returned from Europe. The spark between Eleanor and Tom is instant and intense. Flushed with new romance and increasingly attached to her young pupil, Eleanor begins to feel more comfortable with Patricia and much of the world she inhabits. As the summer wears on, the two women’s friendship grows—until one hot summer evening, a line is crossed, and both Eleanor and Patricia will have to make important decisions—choices that will reverberate through their lives.

Gripping and vividly told, Not Our Kind illuminates the lives of two women on the cusp of change—and asks how much our pasts can and should define our futures.

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  • Crumb

    An honest portrayal of life in Brooklyn immediately following WWII. A MUST READ for historical fiction fans. Eleanor Moskowitz never would have imagined that while on her way to a job interview, her w...

  • Angela M

    3.5 stars. The setting is New York City two years after WWII has ended and two women who couldn’t be more unlike cross paths in a chance meeting when their taxis are involved in an accident. Eleanor...

  • Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)

    Eleanor Moskowitz is stuck in a taxi in New York City during a visit from President Truman. She is without employment and is running late for a job interview for a teaching position. Her cab is hit by...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    4 sophisticated stars to Not Our Kind! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ It seems like I was just writing a review for another World War II story, and in fact I was. Not Our Kind stands out because of its u...

  • Christine

    3.5 rounded to 4 starsNot Our Kind is about a young Jewish woman who takes a job as a tutor for a 13-year-old girl who does not want to return to school out of shame after she is left with a withered ...

  • Berit???

    Kitty Zeldis has spun a beautiful tale of friendship, acceptance, and love. The story begins with the chance meeting of Eleanor and Patricia when their taxi cabs collide. New York City, two years aft...

  • Lynn

    This is an interesting story about a 20 something Jewish woman, Eleanor Moskowitz, who becomes a tutor to a young girl, Margaux, from an upper class family, who is recovering from polio. The mother, P...

  • Renee

    This was a 2.5 star read for me. I was sooooo excited about the premise—Jewish woman facing discrimination and anti-Semitism in post-WW2 America—but sadly, the writing and storyline fell flat.Char...

  • Susan Peterson

    Not Our Kind is a riveting story featuring two women: a young Jewish girl and the rich woman who hires her to tutor her young daughter. The book takes place in New York City in 1947 and the author doe...

  • Kathleen

    Definitely an interesting perspective of US history - antisemitism after WWII - not a time period that I remember having read before. The author really does an amazing job with setting that time and p...