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Siblings Rachel and Zalman Isakharov flee Czarist Russia in 1903, are separated in transit, and subsequently build new lives for themselves--in England and America, respectively--as each becomes the head of a family dynasty
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After escaping a Russian pogrom in 1903, teenage siblings Zalman and Rachel are later separated by fire in Rotterdam; each believes the other is dead. Their lives and fortunes appear in alternate chapters, Rachel in England, Zalman in the United States, over the next 60 years. Though the contrasts and parallels between the two families are interesting and Zalman's rise to power (and fortune) through newspapers and publishing is compelling, the book is not distinguished. Its dramatic tension rests heavily on how these two will meet, yet that does not occur until the next-to-last page, despite some possible opportunities earlier. The election of a fictional U.S. president, a friend of Zalman's, also seems out of place. For libraries with large fiction budgets, where family sagas are popular.
- Rebecca Sturm Kelm, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description Zebra. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0821732870 New Condition. First Edition. Different cover than shown. Light shelf wear on dust jacket. Seller Inventory # YG4-PYR5-R570
Book Description Zebra, 1991. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0821732870
Book Description Zebra, 1991. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0821732870