Lillian Leyb comes to New York alone in the 1920’s, her family wiped out in a Russian pogrom. As she builds a completely new life, word comes that her young daughter is alive and well and living in Siberia. The novel then turns from immigrant saga to road trip, as Lillian crosses America, Canada, and the Alaskan wilderness to try to reach the one part of her old life she still has left. The story is filled with a cast of vividly-drawn characters, and as Lillian moves on and leaves them behind, Bloom ties up their stories for us. A beautiful and heartbreaking novel of transformation and reinvention in early 20th century America.
Rating: ***** One of the best books I’ve read
Reviewd by: stc
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