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Yevgeny Gelman, grandfather of Slava Gelman, "didn't suffer in the exact way" he needs to have suffered to qualify for the restitution the German government has been paying out to Holocaust survivors. But suffer he has - as a Jew in the war; as a second-class citizen in the USSR; and as an immigrant to America. High-minded Slava wants to put all this immigrant scraping behind him. Only the American Dream is not panning out for him. Slava's turn as the Forger of South Brooklyn teaches him that not every fact is the truth, and not every lie a falsehood. Intoxicated and unmoored by his inventions, Slava risks exposure. Cornered, he commits an irrevocable act that finally grants him a sense of home in America, but not before collecting a price from his family.
©2014 Boris Fishman (P)2014 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"The debut novel from Fishman shines with a love for language and craft." (Publishers Weekly
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5 out of 5 stars
By Paulina Zelitsky on 02-28-18

A brilliant novel and its superb narration

I enjoyed very much this smart, tender and sophisticated novel. It is exceptionally good literary writing, and I have a similar complement for its narrator. This well-written fictional work exposed often ignored controversies of many-dimensional gaps in family and society: historical, cultural, political and generational. Its human aspects and its moral repercussions are bold and frank. The scent of humor in otherwise very dramatic circumstances emanates from suspenseful plot construction, and a Wandering Jew continues his endless search.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Barbara on 03-30-15


The narrator's accents were inconsistent so I wasn't always sure who was talking. And why use an accent for something Slava wrote if Slava didn't have an accent. I didn't particularly enjoy the story either. It didn't hold my interest and I would have to rewind when I realized I had missed a lot.

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