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In the twilight of the Cold War, nine-year-old Lev Golinkin and his family crossed the Soviet border with only ten suitcases, $600, and the vague promise of help in Vienna. His vivid, poignant, darkly comic memoir is a portrait of the confusing and often chilling final decade of the Soviet Union—from the perspective of a young Jew—and also the story of Lev Golinkin, American, who finally confronts his buried past by returning to Austria and Eastern Europe to track down the strangers who made their escape possible, and to thank them.
"A hilarious and heartbreaking story … whose drama, hope and heartache Mr. Golinkin captures brilliantly…. A wonderful writer, witty and economical, he generally applies a light touch to emotionally heavy material."—NYTimes