"My mother came from a small town in Poland, my father from a small town in Maine." -- Davita's Harp by Chaim Potok. I have never read any of Potok's books, but I gather that he is the most popular author I had never heard of. Every time I mention that I am reading Davita's Harp for Book Club, people tell me how much they love his books. But at least one Book Club member was disappointed by the opener -- let down that it did not include any of Art Scatter's favorite midgets or elephants.