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By Lev Golinkin

"[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 relations fleeing persecution and a tender guy trying to reclaim a shattered earlier. within the twilight of the chilly battle (the overdue 1980s), nine-year previous Lev Golinkin and his kin go the Soviet border with in basic terms ten suitcases, $600, and the obscure promise of support looking ahead to 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 knowing his past.

Lev Golinkin's memoir is the vibrant, darkly comedian, and poignant tale of a tender boy within the complicated and sometimes chilling ultimate decade of the Soviet Union. it is also the tale of Lev Golinkin, the yank guy who eventually 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 get away 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 ability of hatred and the quest 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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