A singularly talented writer makes his literary debut with
this provocative, soulful, and sometimes hilarious story of a failed journalist
asked to do the unthinkable: forge Holocaust restitution claims for old Russian
Jews in Brooklyn, New York.
Yevgeny Gelman, grandfather of
Slava Gelman, “didn’t suffer in the exact way” he needs to have suffered to
qualify for the restitution the German government has been paying out to
Holocaust survivors. But suffer he has—as a Jew in the war; as a second-class
citizen in the USSR; as an immigrant to America. So? Isn’t his grandson a
High-minded Slava wants to put
all this immigrant scraping behind him. Only the American Dream is not panning
out for him—Century, the legendary
magazine where he works as a researcher, wants nothing greater from him. Slava
wants to be a correct, blameless American—but he wants to be a lionized writer
Slava’s turn as the Forger of
South Brooklyn teaches him that not every fact is the truth, and not every lie
a falsehood. It takes more than law-abiding to become an American; it takes the
same self-reinvention in which his people excel. Intoxicated and unmoored by
his inventions, Slava risks exposure. Cornered, he commits an irrevocable act
that finally grants him a sense of home in America, but not before collecting a
price from his family.
A Replacement Life is a dark, moving, and beautifully written novel
about family, honor, and justice. Download and start listening now!