The Giver is a novel by Lois Lowry about a boy named Jonas who lives in a conformist utopic Community. The Giver, a wise man who carries the memories of the Community, begins giving Jonas memories, showing him the ways the Community kills its infants that fail to conform. Jonas and the Giver prepare to change the Community order. Eventually, Jonas learns that his baby brother Gabriel is going to be killed and so, without saying goodbye to the Giver, escape to Elsewhere, where they find a home celebrating Christmas.
Bread Givers is the story of Sara Smolinsky, a daughter of immigrants living with her large family in a slum in the Lower East Side of New York City. The novel follows her life in a traditionalist immigrant community to her exposure to and assimilation into mainstream American culture at college. She struggles with her divided identity, wavering between allegiance to the world and to her family. This dichotomy persists even after the deaths of her parents, with Sara desperately seeking a way to give back to her community.