By Boris Fishman
Winner of the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award
Winner of the yankee Library Association's Sophie Brody Medal
Finalist for the nationwide Jewish e-book Award
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hilarious tale of a failed journalist requested to do the unthinkable: Forge Holocaust-restitution claims for outdated Russian Jews in Brooklyn, New York.
Yevgeny Gelman, grandfather of Slava Gelman, “didn’t undergo within the specific manner” he must have suffered to qualify for the restitution the German govt has been paying out to Holocaust survivors. yet endure he has—as a Jew within the conflict; as a second-class citizen within the USSR; as an immigrant to the USA. So? Isn’t his grandson a “writer”?
High-minded Slava desires to positioned all this immigrant scraping at the back of him. basically 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 no longer each truth is the reality, and never each lie a falsehood. It takes greater than law-abiding to turn into an American; it takes a similar self-reinvention during which his humans excel. Intoxicated and unmoored via his innovations, Slava dangers publicity. Cornered, he commits an irrevocable act that at last offers him a feeling of domestic in the US, yet now not prior to accumulating a cost from his family.
A substitute Life is a gloomy, relocating, and fantastically written novel approximately kin, honor, and justice.