Odessa, Odessa: A Novel

Odessa, Odessa: A Novel

by Barbara Artson


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Odessa, Odessa follows the families of two sons from a proud lineage of rabbis and cantors in a shtetl near Odessa in western Russia.

It begins as Henya, wife of Rabbi Mendel Kolopsky, considers an unexpected pregnancy and the hardships ahead for the children she already has. Soon after the child is born, Cossacks ransack the Kolopskys’ home, severely beating Mendel. In the aftermath, he tells Henya that, contrary to his brother Shimshon’s belief that socialism is their ticket to escaping the region’s brutal anti-Semitic pogroms, he still believes America holds the answer. Henya, meanwhile, understands that any future will be perilous: she now knows their baby daughter, who has slept through this night of melee, is surely deaf.

So begins a beautifully told story that unfolds over decades of the 20th century—a story in which two families, joined in tradition and parted during persecution, will remain bound by their fateful decision to leave Odessa.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631524431
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 09/11/2018
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 823,341
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Barbara Artson is a retired psychoanalyst who calls San Francisco her home. She regularly contributes essays and reviews of films and books to professional journals. In addition to a PhD in psychology, she holds BA and MA degrees in English literature, and taught Shakespeare as a graduate student while also completing the unfinished Dickens novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood , years before the musical production on Broadway. Like Dora in Odessa, Odessa , Artson’s mother stitched elastic to the waistbands of women’s bloomers. Visit her at www.barbaraartsonauthor.com.

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