Booklist Reviews 2018 August #1
*Starred Review* Artson's sweeping multigenerational saga follows the lives of one family and their descendants as they journey from the shtetls of Russia to new lives in America and beyond. Mendel Kolopsky, his wife, Henya, and their seven children endure poverty, hunger, cramped living conditions, Russian winters, and the Cossacks. When they find the courage to immigrate to America, Mendel and two sons travel first, followed by Henya and the other children a year later. The Kolopskys settle first in a Lower East Side tenement and finally in a home in the suburbs, while another branch of the family, led by Mendel's brother Shimshon, settles in Israel. When Mendel's granddaughter discovers Shimshon's long-buried journals, she begins to piece together the full story of the Kolopsky family, eventually traveling to Tel Aviv to meet her relatives. In her debut, Artson skillfully and meticulously brings a story of the American experience to life. Rich with detail and alive with a full cast of characters, this is a beautifully crafted examination of immigration and the many journeys that follow it. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.