The Little Russian

The Little Russian

by Susan Sherman


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The Little Russian by Susan Sherman

The Little Russian spotlights an exciting new and assured voice in historical fiction. The novel tells the story of Berta Alshonsky, who revels in childhood memories of her time spent with a wealthy family in Moscow––a life filled with salons, balls, and all the trappings of the Upper Class––very different from her current life as a grocer’s daughter in the Jewish townlet of Mosny. So when a mysterious and cultured wheat merchant walks into the grocery, Berta’s life is forever altered. She falls in love, unaware that he is a member of the Bund, The Jewish Worker’s League, smuggling arms to the shtetls to defend them against the pogroms sweeping the Little Russian countryside.

Married and established in the wheat center of Cherkast, Berta has recaptured the life she once had in Moscow. So when a smuggling operation goes awry and her husband must flee the country, Berta makes the vain and foolish choice to stay behind with her children and her finery. As Russia plunges into war, Berta eventually loses everything and must find a new way to sustain the lives and safety of her children. Filled with heart-stopping action, richly drawn characters, and a world seeped in war and violence; The Little Russian is poised to capture readers at every turn.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619020702
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 01/15/2013
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,260,044
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Susan Sherman is a former Chairman of the Art Department of Whittier College, a small liberal arts university once attended by President Richard Nixon. She is also the co-creator of “That’s So Raven,” one of the most successful television shows for children in the history of the Disney Network. This is her first novel.

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The Little Russian 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Libby_Higgins More than 1 year ago
I got a sneak peek at this book and couldn't put it down! Sherman's characters will live in my memory for a long time. I feel like I went with Berta on her journey. It sounds cheesy, but I totally laughed and cried reading this book...if you are looking for a book to curl up with, this one is a winner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed. I love the history of the country and am amazed at how these people survived. For anyone who loves to read historical novels, this is a must.
HistoricalFictionMaven More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed this book, but felt that something was missing. There were many events and characters in the book that the reader only got a small view of and were not given more detail on surrounding events, outcomes of events, or details on what happened with other characters or motivations for their actions. The book clearly just follows the life of the main character, but I wanted to know more about what was occurring with the people around her. As far as the story that I did get - it was moving and completely held my attention. The reader follows the main character on a very difficult journey. I find that the fact that it didn't have to happen that way at all makes me think back on this book often.
GranT More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful debut novel! This is a book that you won't want to put down because there is drama in every page turn. Can't wait for Sherman's next book!
LindseyTate More than 1 year ago
Set against a backdrop of early 20th century Russia, this deeply moving novel follows one woman's dogged fight for survival for herself and her family. Amidst brutal pogroms and harsh winters Berta Alshonsky's search for her beloved husband rings with human tenderness and spirit. Beautifully written, fast-paced, crackling with history and humor this novel is one of the best I've read in ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for Susan Sherman's next book! Did not want this one to end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought that the ending was symbolic of letting go of the past. After all that the story had developed as far as trial and tribulations, the abrupt ending was unexpected.
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