By Lev Golinkin
A compelling tale of 2 intertwined trips: a Jewish refugee kin fleeing persecution and a tender guy trying to reclaim a shattered previous. within the twilight of the chilly battle (the past due 1980s), nine-year outdated Lev Golinkin and his family members move the Soviet border with in simple terms ten suitcases, $600, and the obscure promise of support anticipating in Vienna. Years later, Lev, now an American grownup, units out to retrace his family's lengthy trek, find the strangers who fought for his freedom, and within the technique, achieve a destiny through figuring out his past.
Lev Golinkin's memoir is the bright, darkly comedian, and poignant tale of a tender boy within the complicated and infrequently chilling ultimate decade of the Soviet Union. it is also the tale of Lev Golinkin, the yankee guy who ultimately confronts his buried earlier by means of returning to Austria and japanese Europe to trace down the strangers who made his break out attainable . . . and say thanks. Written with biting, acerbic wit and emotional honesty within the vein of Gary Shteyngart, Jonathan Safran Foer, and David Bezmozgis, Golinkin's look for own identification set opposed to the relentless currents of heritage is greater than a memoir—it's a portrait of a misplaced period. this can be a exciting story of break out and survival, a deeply own examine the lifetime of a Jewish baby stuck within the final gasp of the Soviet Union, and a provocative research into the facility of hatred and the quest for belonging. Lev Golinkin achieves an awesome feat—and it marks the debut of a fiercely clever, defiant, and unforgettable new voice.
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