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By Lev Golinkin

A compelling tale of 2 intertwined trips: a Jewish refugee relatives fleeing persecution and a tender guy trying to reclaim a shattered prior. within the twilight of the chilly conflict (the past due 1980s), nine-year outdated Lev Golinkin and his kin move the Soviet border with simply ten suitcases, $600, and the obscure promise of support anticipating in Vienna. Years later, Lev, now an American grownup, units out to retrace his family's lengthy trek, find the strangers who fought for his freedom, and within the technique, achieve a destiny by means of knowing his past.

Lev Golinkin's memoir is the vibrant, darkly comedian, and poignant tale of a tender boy within the complicated and sometimes chilling ultimate decade of the Soviet Union. It's additionally the tale of Lev Golinkin, the yank guy who ultimately confronts his buried previous by way of returning to Austria and japanese Europe to trace down the strangers who made his get away attainable . . . and say thanks. Written with biting, acerbic wit and emotional honesty within the vein of Gary Shteyngart, Jonathan Safran Foer, and David Bezmozgis, Golinkin's look for own identification set opposed to the relentless currents of background is greater than a memoir—it's a portrait of a misplaced period. this can be a exciting story of get away and survival, a deeply own examine the lifetime of a Jewish baby stuck within the final gasp of the Soviet Union, and a provocative research into the ability of hatred and the quest for belonging. Lev Golinkin achieves an awesome feat—and it marks the debut of a fiercely clever, defiant, and unforgettable new voice.

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The two were well matched and well suited for life at sea. For thirteen years, Virginia would accompany her husband on his voyages, giving birth to and schooling their seven children (only four survived) while on shipboard. For the next decade, Slocum commanded large sailing ships through many adventures and misadventures across the Pacific. A skilled shipwright, he was contracted to build the hull of an 80-ton steamship while stranded in the Philippines in 1875; although he received none of the money he had been promised, a year later he was given a schooner, the Pato, which he sailed homeward.

The first large luxury ocean liner is launched. 1872On January 10 Victor Joshua Slocum is born aboard the Con stitution, berthed in San Francisco Bay. 1873Benjamin Aymar Slocum is born aboard Slocum舗s com mand, the B. Aymar, in Melbourne, Australia. 1875Stranded in the Philippines, Slocum puts his considerable shipbuilding skills to work constructing the hull of an 80-ton steamer in Subic Bay. In lieu of payment, he is given the schooner Pato, which he sails home across the Pacific. 1875A daughter, Jessie Helena, is born aboard the B.

C. C, Slocum sails the Liber dade to Boston. 1890Slocum writes and publishes Voyage of the Liberdade, an account of his honeymoon trip. 1892Slocum is given the creaky hull of an old oyster sloop, the Spray. An able shipwright, he restores the sailboat to its for mer glory. 1893He receives a commission to deliver the warship Destroyer to Brazil. Upon landing in Brazil, the ship is scuttled by the au thorities. 1894Unpaid for the job and in hopes of some remuneration, Slocum chronicles his command of the Destroyer in Voyage of the Destroyer from New York to Brazil.

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