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By Lev Golinkin

"[A] hilarious and heartbreaking tale of a Jewish family’s get away from oppression."--The big apple Times

A compelling tale of 2 intertwined trips: a Jewish refugee family members fleeing persecution and a tender guy trying to reclaim a shattered earlier. within the twilight of the chilly struggle (the past due 1980s), nine-year outdated Lev Golinkin and his kinfolk move the Soviet border with simply ten suitcases, $600, and the obscure promise of aid anticipating in Vienna.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 procedure, 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 is also the tale of Lev Golinkin, the yank guy who ultimately confronts his buried prior 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 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 grand feat—and it marks the debut of a fiercely clever, defiant, and unforgettable new voice.

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