Novel by Ukrainian Jew gets on to The New York Times’ list of 100 best books of the year
It recounts two decades in the life of a family of emigrants from Ukraine to Brooklyn, against the background of the fall of communism and the rise of globalization.
Yelena Akhtiorskaya was born in Odessa in 1985 and emigrated with her parents at the age of seven. She graduated from Colombia University and received a Posen Fellowship grant for young Jewish writers.
Additionally, The New York Times; list includes a novel by an emigrant from Minsk, Boris Fishman, “A Replacement Life”, about a writer who after the death of his grandmother takes an interest in the history of the Holocaust, and also the graphic novel by Anya Ulinich, “Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel” about her romantic relations with her former classmate Alik, who makes a living by decorating the homes of “new Russians”.
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