TITLE/AUTHOR: My Grandmother's Braid; Alina Bronsky
PUBLISHER: Europa Editions
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2020
FORMAT: eGalley/LENGTH: 177 pp.
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: A immigrant story with both tender and comical undertones.
MEMORABLE QUOTES: (that made me smile)
"The strawberry ice cream that I'd unexpectedly survived taught me two things: Grandmother was wrong more often than I'd suspected, and happiness was easier to find than I'd thought. The colorful world of forbidden foods, suddenly opened up to me."
"I met a delightful woman. Her name is Nina and she teaches piano. Lives here with her daughter. The girl's Maxi's age, but normal. No husband, lucky her, bringing up her illegitimate daughter all alone...."
(Although Grandmother wasn't Jewish she attended services on a regular basis)
"Behind her show of confidence I sensed deep fear of being exposed as an imposter and being sent back to the collapsing Soviet Union.
While the shabbiness of the refugee home disappointed Grandmother, the shiny, new synagogue elicited a respectful word or two. She wholeheartedly welcomed the fact that women sat separately from men during services. 'I'm happy not to have to see their grouchy mugs for a while.' She sought out the neighbors she knew from the refugee home and ensnared them in long conversations at the cold buffet before she inconspicuously--she thought--swiped this or that food item."