Gone Bolshevik: A Novel

Gone Bolshevik: A Novel

by Karen S. Mittelman


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Stan Gershman is a cranky middle-aged lawyer married to Wife Number Three, battling cancer and not handling it gracefully. Used to commanding an audience in the courtroom and at the family dinner table, Stan greets illness as another adversary to be defeated. Tension mounts between Stan and his daughter Sarah as he refuses his doctor’s advice to “get his affairs in order.”

A near-overdose on pain medication and a reunion with an old friend launch Stan on a journey that throws the entire family into turmoil – but reminds him what it was like to feel deeply alive. As Stan re-discovers the courage of his younger self, Sarah finds her own life unraveling at an alarming pace. Not until she has hit rock bottom, having cut herself off from her father and her husband, does Sarah realize that something has to give.

Charting the intertwined lives of a father and daughter as they face a terminal illness, Gone Bolshevik offers a fresh and deeply insightful look at love, loss, and the troubled bonds of family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605713366
Publisher: Northshire Bookstore
Publication date: 12/07/2016
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Karen S. Mittelman is a Pushcart Prize nominee whose essays and poetry have appeared in The Adirondack Review, The Comstock Review, Mothering magazine, Fireweed, Kerem: Creative Explorations in Judaism, Poetry Motel, and other publications. An earlier version of this book received an award for literary fiction from the Maryland Writers' Association.

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