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Hillbilly Elegy shares the story of the author's family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author who is a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle class life and the collective demons of the past.
"When U.S. troops occupy Germany, friends Jakob and Emmanuelle are saved from the terrible fate of so many in the camps. With the help of sponsors, they make their way to New York. In order not to be separated, they allow their friendship to blossom into love and marriage, and start a new life on the Lower East Side, working at grueling, poorly paid jobs. Decades later, through talent, faith, fortune, and relentless hard work, Jakob has achieved success...
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