The Last Chicken in America
A Novel in StoriesBook - 2007
Twelve linked, wryly humorous stories about an unforgettablecast of Russian-Jewish immigrants trying to assimilate in a newworld.
Masha is just out of high school when her family arrives inSquirrel Hill, Pittsburgh. With touching lightheartedness andtremendous humor, these stories trace her struggles and those ofother Russians in the community to find their own place in the newsociety -- seniors alienated from their children, spouses trying tohold their families together while grappling with unemployment anddepression, young adults searching for love. In "Dancers" the homeof a married couple is invaded by a pair of hedonistic andfinancially unstable performers. The hero of "The Trajectory ofFrying Pans" falls for a coworker who may or may not be trapped ina green-card marriage. In "About Kamyshinskiy" a man, living underthe scrutiny of his daughters and neighbors, is trying to startover after the death of his wife. This is an impressive debut aboutthe sometimes painful, sometimes hilarious collision of cultures,religions, and generations in contemporary America.