By Lev Golinkin
A compelling tale of 2 intertwined trips: a Jewish refugee relatives fleeing persecution and a tender guy looking to reclaim a shattered prior. within the twilight of the chilly warfare (the overdue 1980s), nine-year previous Lev Golinkin and his relatives pass the Soviet border with in simple terms ten suitcases, $600, and the imprecise promise of aid watching for 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 method, achieve a destiny by way of realizing his past.
Lev Golinkin's memoir is the vibrant, 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 eventually confronts his buried earlier by way of returning to Austria and japanese Europe to trace down the strangers who made his get away 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 background 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 ability of hatred and the hunt 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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