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A Replacement Life: A Novel (P.S. (Paperback))

A REPLACEMENT LIFE: A NOVEL (P.S. (PAPERBACK))

by: Fishman, Boris
Format: Paperback

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Product Description Winner of the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award Winner of the American Library Association's Sophie Brody Medal Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award A singularly talented writer makes his literary debut with this provocative, soulful, and sometimes hilarious story of a failed journalist asked to do the unthinkable: Forge Holocaust-restitution claims for old Russian Jews in Brooklyn, New York. 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; as an immigrant to America. So? Isn’t his grandson a “writer”? High-minded Slava wants to put all this immigrant scraping behind him. Only the American Dream is not panning out for him—Century, the legendary magazine where he works as a researcher, wants nothing greater from him. Slava wants to be a correct, blameless American—but he wants to be a lionized writer even more. Slava’s turn as the Forger of South Brooklyn teaches him that not every fact is the truth, and not every lie a falsehood. It takes more than law-abiding to become an American; it takes the same self-reinvention in which his people excel. 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. A Replacement Life is a dark, moving, and beautifully written novel about family, honor, and justice. Review “Bold, ambitious and wickedly smart…A REPLACEMENT LIFE is full of descriptive treasures…The only problem with this novel is that its covers are too close together. I wanted more of Slava, his bumpy love life, his venal grandfather.” (Patricia T. O'Conner, New York Times Book Review) “[An] ingenious debut...the novel is often very funny, but its most rewarding moments come as Slava, listening to the war stories of...elderly strangers, finds himself drawing closer to the grandmother whose secrets once seemed lost to him.” ( The New Yorker) “Fishman, like his protagonist, is a born storyteller with a tremendous gift for language on all brow levels, making for a captivating and rare first novel that is tender, learned, funny and deeply soulful - frequently all at the same time.” ( San Francisco Chronicle) “Powerful yet tender…real and vibrant…Fishman never loses the reader’s trust. No line in this book rings false, no character is unheard, no event seems like a plot device.” ( Newsweek) Sly and subversive...smart and sardonic...a touching story about a tenacious way of life disappearing amid the prosperity of America.” ( Wall Street Journal) “Fishman’s firm yet light authorial hand, his gift for character and plot development, and his searing use of the English language belie his youth and his novice-novelist status. His witty dialogue and wry, believable descriptions leaven the dark, dense bread of the tale.” ( Chicago Tribune ) “In the way the he presents these [truths] to us with feeling, humor and eyes wide open, novelist Fishman doesn’t miss a beat.” (NPR/All Things Considered) “Mordantly funny and moving… Justice is eventually served in A REPLACEMENT LIFE along with plenty of black comedy, but the book is less about doing right or wrong than about where absolutes, moral or otherwise, do not apply … impressive.” (New York Times) “Tova Reich and Shalom Auslander have delivered witty, nervy books on the subject. Add to their ranks Boris Fishman…Fishman humanizes the participants so well. Contemporary novelists have a bad habit of making immigrants appear monolithically earthy and good-natured, but Fishman knows better…deft and funny.” ( Minneapolis Star Tribune) “A memorable debut by a wonderfully gifted young writer...Boris Fishman has written a beautifully nuanced, tender, and often very funny novel about cons

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Product Code: 9780062287885
ISBN: 0062287885
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: 2015-01-20
Number of Pages: 352 pages
Languages: english
Edition: Reprint
Dimension: 5.2 x 1.1 x 7.99 inches
Shipping Weight: 0.55 pounds