A Replacement Life

A Replacement Life

by Boris Fishman
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A Replacement Life by Boris Fishman

Winner of the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award

Winner of the American Library Association's Sophie Brody Medal

Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award

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 “writer”?

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 even more.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062287885
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/20/2015
Series: P.S.
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 359,837
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Boris Fishman was born in Belarus and immigrated to the United States at the age of nine. He is the editor of Wild East: Stories from the Last Frontier, and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the New Republic, the Wall Street Journal, the London Review of Books, and other publications. He lives in New York City.

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A Replacement Life 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The language, the characters, the story - Fishman's aced them all. Add to that the moral dimension, and you have an unforgettable and important novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Smart, witty, insightful, and, best of all, well-written. Fishman is obviously someone we will be hearing a lot from.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boris came to our school and was hilarious! Loved this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. If you like Gary Shytengart, you will love Boris Fishman
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hated the character, didn't like the book at all.  Why pity someone who is unsympathetic.