A compelling story of two intertwined journeys: a Jewishrefugee family fleeing persecution and a young man seeking to reclaim a shatteredpast
In the twilight of the Cold War, nine-year-old Lev Golinkinand his family cross the Soviet border with only ten suitcases, $600, and thevague promise of help awaiting in Vienna. Years later, Lev, now an Americanadult, sets out to retrace his family’s long trek, locate the strangers whofought for his freedom, and in the process, gain a future by understanding hispast.
Lev Golinkin’s memoir is the vivid, darkly comic, andpoignant story of a young boy in the confusing and often chilling final decadeof the Soviet Union. It’s also the story of Lev Golinkin, the American man whofinally confronts his buried past by returning to Austria and Eastern Europe totrack down the strangers who made his escape possible … and thank them.Written with biting, acerbic wit and emotional honesty in the vein of GaryShteyngart, Jonathan Safran Foer, and David Bezmozgis, Golinkin’s search forpersonal identity set against the relentless currents of history is more than amemoir: it’s a portrait of a lost era. This is a thrilling tale of escape andsurvival, a deeply personal look at the life of a Jewish child caught in thelast gasp of the Soviet Union, and a provocative investigation into the powerof hatred and the search for belonging. Lev Golinkin achieves an amazingfeat—and it marks the debut of a fiercely intelligent, defiant, andunforgettable new voice.