Please join us for a book talk with Maxim D. Shrayer, internationally acclaimed author of the memoirs Waiting for America and Leaving Russia and of the story collection Yom Kippur in Amsterdam.
Shrayer’s new book of fiction, A Russian Immigrant: Three Novellas, explores the lives of immigrants from Russia and the former USSR. A Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies at Boston College, Shrayer is the winner of the 2007 National Jewish Book Award, and was a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow. He directs the Project on Russian and Eurasian Jewry at Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. Shrayer and his wife and daughters divide their time between Brookline and Chatham, MA. Learn more at www.shrayer.com.
"Forget all the slapstick, Moscow-on-the-Hudson, burlesque treatments of Jewish Russian émigré life you’ve ever read. If you want the honest, beautifully rendered, and deeply compelling truth about what it’s like to be a Russian immigrant in America, these three braided novellas by the very talented Maxim D. Shrayer are all you need.”
— Eileen Pollack, author of The Bible of Dirty Jokes
“Maxim D. Shrayer’s beautiful and haunting troika of novellas ... limn the shifting patterns of contemporary Russian-Jewish immigrant experience with tenderness and charm.”
— Jonathan Wilson, author of Kick and Run: Memoir with Soccer Ball