- A Replacement Life by Boris Fishman
Odd. That's definitely the word for this book. Slava, an immigrant trying hard not to be pulled in the "all-but-home" community. After his grandmother dies, he gets entwined in an unforeseeable way - he "ghost writes" claim forms that are sent to the German reparations programs. During this time, Salva is also desperate to become a printed author, particularly in the New Yorker, and engaged in an undefinable relationship.
I just wasn't drawn to this book. At times, the language certainly felt lovely but even then, I couldn't come to care. And that tends to be the death knell for my enjoyment.
Two stars (of 5). As always, thanks to Harper for the opportunity to read and review an advance copy...it wasn't a book I loved, but it was an interesting concept and worth a ponder or two...