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Record details

  • ISBN: 1619026058
  • ISBN: 9781619026056
  • Physical Description: 369 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Berkeley : Counterpoint, [2016]

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Summary, etc.: A story about identity, family, and the decisions that define who we will become.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2016 March #2
    *Starred Review* Brooks' debut novel is like taking a high-speed rail journey: scenery and images slip by, impressions of a landscape not seen fully until the end. A complex plot with parallel story lines follows three Jewish American families during WWII as each person tries to make sense of the Holocaust in Europe, and to help. The European refugee staying with the Auer family in Utica is the houseguest in the story, and she's an unexpectedly challenging person to host—an eccentric, sensual actress who sleeps late, smokes in her messy room, and wanders unclothed at night. Max, the rabbi, gets involved in Shmuel's vision of a Jewish army but is caught by a sense of futility and his own pain, while Shmuel's fundraising efforts reap community scorn. And, yet, this is not a depressing book. Every image, metaphor, and character is carefully crafted to build a portrait of a vibrant culture and to illustrate that the ultimate inhumanity is ignoring people; the highest good is caring. With the emotional depth and lyricism of Jonathan Safran Foer's Everything Is Illuminated (2002), and the flawed personalities and lavish imagery of Dara Horn's The World to Come (2006), this witty, moving, and literary paean to a people bursts with the depth and magic of a Chagall painting. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Kim Brooks is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow. She has earned fellowships from the Michener-Copernicus Foundation, the Corporation of Yaddo, and the Posen Foundation. Her fiction has appeared inGlimmer Train, One Story, The Missouri Review and other journals, and her essays have appeared inSalon, Buzzfeed and New York Magazine. Her memoir Small Animals (Flatiron/Macmillan) will be published in 2017. She is the personal essays editor atSalon and lives in Chicago with her family.

Subject: Immigrants Fiction
Russians United States Fiction
Jews United States Fiction
Refugees Fiction
World War, 1939-1945 United States
Genre: Historical fiction.

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