By Lev Golinkin

ISBN-10: 0345806336

ISBN-13: 9780345806338

ISBN-10: 0385537778

ISBN-13: 9780385537773

ISBN-10: 1481506978

ISBN-13: 9781481506977

"[A] hilarious and heartbreaking tale of a Jewish family’s break out from oppression."--The long island Times

A compelling tale of 2 intertwined trips: a Jewish refugee kinfolk fleeing persecution and a tender guy trying to reclaim a shattered earlier. within the twilight of the chilly battle (the overdue 1980s), nine-year outdated Lev Golinkin and his kin go the Soviet border with in simple terms ten suitcases, $600, and the imprecise promise of support waiting for in Vienna.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 means of realizing his past.

Lev Golinkin's memoir is the shiny, 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 prior 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 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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