Boris Fishman: A Replacement Life

(Fiction, 321 pp. 2014)

Russian-born Slava Gelman, a frustrated young Manhattan writer, is attempting to distance himself from the rest of his immigrant family in Brooklyn.  When his grandfather asks him to compose a fraudulent application for German reparations for Holocaust survivors, Slava becomes entrenched in ethical conflicts and the difficulties of navigating his American and Russian identities.

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  • ReviewKirkus
  • Review by Patricia T. O’Conner, New York Times, June 6, 2014
  • Review by Apollinaire Scherr, New York Times, June 2, 2014
  • Review by Mark Athitakis, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, June 21, 2014
  • Review by Meredith Maran, Chicago Tribune, May 30, 2014
  • Jeremy Hobson interviews Boris Fishman, NPR’s “Here and Now” (audio: 9 min.),
  • Leonard Lopate interviews Boris Fishman, WNYC (audio: 15 min.)
  • Sara Ivry interviews Boris Fishman, Vox Tablet (audio: 20 min.)
  • Elyse Moody interviews Boris Fishman, Publishers Weekly, February 17, 2014
  • Sandee Brawarsky profiles Boris Fishman, Jewish Week, June 18, 2014
  • Essay: “Russian Jewish American Lit Goes Boom!” Sasha Senderovich, Tablet Magazine, June 16, 2014
  • Biographical sketch