By Lev Golinkin
A compelling tale of 2 intertwined trips: a Jewish refugee relations fleeing persecution and a tender guy looking to reclaim a shattered prior. within the twilight of the chilly battle (the overdue 1980s), nine-year outdated Lev Golinkin and his relations go the Soviet border with in simple terms ten suitcases, $600, and the imprecise promise of aid watching for in Vienna.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 technique, achieve a destiny by means of figuring out 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's additionally the tale of Lev Golinkin, the yankee guy who eventually confronts his buried previous via returning to Austria and jap 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 id 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 get away 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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