By Boris Fishman
A singularly proficient author makes his literary debut with this provocative, soulful, and occasionally hilarious tale of a failed journalist requested to do the unthinkable: forge Holocaust-restitution claims for previous Russian Jews in Brooklyn, New York.
Yevgeny Gelman, grandfather of Slava Gelman, ''didn't undergo within the distinctive way'' he must have suffered to qualify for the reparations the German executive has been paying out to Holocaust survivors. yet endure he has—as a Jew within the struggle, as a second-class citizen within the USSR, as an immigrant in the US. So? Isn't his grandson a ''writer''?
High-minded Slava desires to positioned all this immigrant-scraping in the back of him. in simple terms the yankee dream isn't panning out for him: Century, the mythical journal the place he works as a researcher, wishes not anything larger from him. Slava desires to be an accurate, innocent American—but he desires to be a lionized author even more.
Slava's flip because the Forger of South Brooklyn teaches him that now not each truth is a fact and never each lie a falsehood. It takes greater than law-abiding to develop into an American; it takes an identical self-reinvention at which his humans excel. Intoxicated and unmoored through his innovations, Slava dangers publicity. Cornered, he commits an irrevocable act that eventually offers him a feeling of domestic in America—but now not earlier than gathering an enduring fee from his family.
A alternative lifestyles is a depressing, relocating, and fantastically written novel approximately relatives, honor, and justice.