The Little Bride

The Little Bride

eBook - 2011
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Penguin Putnam
From the award-winning author of Leaving Lucy Pear, an unflinching, lushly imagined love story set against the backdrop of the epic frontier

Anna Solomon's new novel Leaving Lucy Pear is available now from Viking Books

When 16-year-old Minna Losk journeys from Odessa to America as a mail-order bride, she dreams of a young, wealthy husband, a handsome townhouse, and freedom from physical labor and pogroms. But her husband Max turns out to be twice her age, rigidly Orthodox, and living in a one-room sod hut in South Dakota with his two teenage sons.

The country is desolate, the work treacherous. And most troubling, Minna finds herself increasingly attracted to her older stepson. As a brutal winter closes in, the family's limits are tested, and Minna, drawing on strengths she barely knows she has, is forced to confront her despair, as well as her desire.

Boston Globe Best Seller

“Evocative of Alice Munro, Amy Bloom, and Willa Cather, but fueled by Anna Solomon’s singular imagination . . . a masterful debut . . . embroidered with sage, beautiful writing on every page . . . marks the start of a long, fine, and important career.” —Jenna Blum, author of Those Who Save Us

“Minna is a terrifically complex heroine: a little snobby, a little selfish and wholly sympathetic.” —The New York Times
“Like...Jonathan Safran Foer and Dara Horn. [A] wondrously strange story of Jewish immigration.” —Miami Herald
“This mythic rendition of the American immigrant narrative...finds the wondrous in the ordinary and vividly depicts the complex collisions between the Old World and the New.” —More

Baker & Taylor
Tells the story of a 16-year-old Russian Jewish mail-order bride who finds herself stranded in the prairies of South Dakota married to a man twice her age and falling in love with her 19-year-old step-son. Original. 40,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2011
ISBN: 9781101544235
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Jul 12, 2013

The beginning of the book is very intriguing and a side of history that is not well explored in history books. However, I was slightly mortified when animals were being disemboweled just to see if she had endurance.

The words the author chooses are lovely and you get a very clear picture of the world in which our heroine, Minna, lives. However, there was not enough dialogue for my taste and often we were left with Minna's morbid thoughts and sexual desires for pages upon pages upon pages which, I can't help but say it, started to seem like an artsy fartsy version of Twilight. There were also many elements that were unexplained, such as Minna's "itch," and whether it was masturbation or really just an infection... Additionally the other characters were no well developed, leaving me to feel that Jacob was a lopsided, immature child whose age I forgot because he did not act like it, and Samuel to be this cold hearted prick that Minna was only attracted to because he was of closer age than his father.

All in all, it was a good read and gave an interesting view of the Jewish westward movement and the challenges they faced, such as eating non-kosher slices of meat or starving.

Apr 29, 2013

Interesting read about a young woman hoping for a better life, and the challenges that she faces. I don't know if I could be so accommodating! The things women used to have to go through to be 'provided' for. Interesting story for a first time writer.

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