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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint (February 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582437726
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582437729
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #712,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Little Russian

"In The Little Russian, Susan Sherman offers much more than an eloquently gripping narrative set against an explosive backdrop. She is inviting us to consider the too-often unsung heroines of history, the women whose ferocious willpower and dazzling ingenuity can be more potent than gunpowder when it comes to changing the world." —The Los Angeles Review of Books

"Sherman’s extraordinary debut novel plunges her readers into the bitter cold, deprivation, and upheaval of early 20th-century wartime Russia. Berta is a fascinating mix of petty vanity, devoted parenting, and breathtaking courage, fleshed out with cinematic detail that’s both irresistible and spectacularly illuminating. All fiction readers will enjoy." —Library Journal (starred)

"Entrancing, meticulously researched . . . The Little Russian is a masterful study of one woman’s fight to stay afloat and alive in an era in which governance was consolidated with oppression and barbarism . . . Sherman keeps us guessing as to whether her heroine can make it over the border to be reunited with her given-up-for-lost Hershel, and we devour the last pages greedily."—Malcolm Forbes, Rain Taxi

"Powerful, harrowing and richly atmospheric, Susan Sherman's unflinching debut novel captures the enduring light of the human spirit when faced with the darkness of unimaginable loss. It follows the journey of Berta Alshonsky, a Jewish woman who falls from the ranks of European high society during the pogroms and must struggle to keep her children alive in the depths of war-torn Russia. The Little Russian provides an astonishing look at life for many Russian Jews throughout this time in history. It’s a captivating read told through a voice we won't soon forget." —Ilie Ruby, author of The Language of Trees

"[An] impressive debut . . . Sherman’s sweeping saga works on multiple levels, from its grim depiction of war’s depredations to its harsh portrayals of anti-Semitism to its fiery love story. A mesmerizing read." —Booklist (starred)

"An impressive fiction debut with an epic tale of war’s transformative effects on one Russian woman and her family." —Publishers Weekly

"Moving and smart, The Little Russian is a sweeping tale of survival, loss, love, loyalty, family, religion, racism, and war. Susan Sherman masterfully blends history into fiction, delivering a self-assured, elegant debut." —Victoria Patterson, author of This Vacant Paradise

"If Margaret Mitchell and Isaac Bashevis Singer had a baby, it would be The Little Russian. It's impossible not to be deeply impressed by this sweeping portrait of Russia during the pogroms, but it is even more impossible not to be moved by this fiery and deeply human love story. A moving and brilliantly researched debut, I just loved it." —Sheri Holman, author of The Dress Lodger

About the Author

Susan Sherman is a former Chairman of the Art Department of Whittier College, a small liberal arts university once attended by President Richard Nixon. She is also the co-creator of “That’s So Raven,” one of the most successful television shows for children in the history of the Disney Network. This is her first novel.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

I started out as a ceramic artist, working in clay, doing narrative pieces that told a story. I was quite successful in a small way, showing my work in different cities, teaching, running the art gallery at Whittier College and eventually becoming an assistant professor of art and, for one year, the chair of the department. Then one day I had a life changing revelation: It's easier to tell stories with words. Wow! No more mud; just a computer and Word. No more lugging hundreds of pounds of clay around and staying up until dawn watching the kilns. Since then I have been a struggling would-be author, a successful T.V. writer/producer (co-created That's So Raven for Disney) and finally the author of The Little Russian.

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Very interesting historical fiction.
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The book started off interesting, but soon turned boring and drawn out.
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This story is gritty, yet beautiful.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Marcus Yo on February 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have to admit, I am not a fan of historical fiction. But, being a writer myself, a friend recommended that I check out this novel for, if nothing else, its writing style. I was impressed from the start. This story is gritty, yet beautiful. The author knows how to use description without overstylizing. She puts you into a Russian/Ukrainian era in the early 1900's in a way that is credible, and distinct. I could taste the food at Berta's parent's store, and smell the stank of the city of Mosny in the heat of summer. Amazing, and that's just the sensory details. This author knows how to tell an epic, with clear concise language in a way that almost feels like a fairy tale, but also with the right amount of drama. I loved this book from start to finish, and hope Ms. Sherman has another novel up her sleeve soon.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Alison Meade on January 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Set against a backdrop of early 20th century Russia, this deeply moving novel follows one woman's dogged fight for survival for herself and her family. Amidst brutal pogroms and harsh winters Berta Alshonsky's search for her beloved husband rings with human tenderness and spirit. Beautifully written, fast-paced, crackling with history and humor this novel is one of the best I've read in ages.
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Susie Sherman explores this in her (I can't believe it's a debut) novel, The Little Russian. Writing with the style and assurance of a seasoned writer well in to her career, Sherman delivers a book that will appeal to fans of Historical Fiction. Set in early twentieth century Russia against the background of Pograms (which were massacres waged against Jews) and then war, we are introduced to Berta. Berta is educated, clever, impetuous and at times spoiled. She's an atypical heroine to say the very least and calls to mind Scarlett O'Hara. Berta's fortune rises and falls with tragedies of the time. The most striking element to TLR is the understated depiction of the violence. Sherman sort of weaves it into the scenery as a backdrop steeping the reader in Berta's reality. The story loses a lot of tension during the end possibly to large time leaps within chapters and not much propelling action. If you enjoy detailed vivid novels, this is a great pick.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By aydin m. bengisu on January 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is written in a lyrical, easy-to-read, and surprisingly humorous style. It gave me a completely new understanding and appreciation for this period of history. I loved these characters. And they have stayed with me.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Joseph M. Gaken on February 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
We've been here before - Fiddler on the Roof with some Dr. Zhivago - but it's worth taking the trip again when the narrative thrust is so compelling. Berthe's story includes luxurious city living, rural boredom, romance,
an affluent married life, abandonment, the Russian Revolution, resourceful entrepreneurship, with a cliffhanger of an ending - and so much more. Sherman is a solid story teller who knows how to maneuver her plot twists for prime effect. She's particularly striking with her descriptions of the pogroms, capturing their violence with a stark and vivid chill. And writing about a thwarted shtetl attack, the author has you marveling at the logistical strategy of its prime mover.

There are times, though, when the indication of a novelist's debut is all too clear. Too often, Sherman's prose style clunks along in standard expository style. Too much description bogs down several incidents and her language isn't original enough to justify her trite and wordy prose. You can sense the strain of her setting up a scene, and a few of her characterizations are drawn so boldly as to be melodramatic. And she's the kind of a writer who feels it necessary to write a simple declaration similar to "don't do that anymore," then append an obvious "she said sternly." (that's not an exact quote, but it expresses the bluntness of her writing.)

Do not let the qualifications prevent you from reading The Little Russian. They are (relatively) minor to a reader's overall enjoyment. Like a mother's favorite dessert which doesn't always come out quite right, the novel is still a deeply satisfying read and something to truly savor.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Taylor on April 5, 2012
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I took in a breath when I started the book and didn't exhale until I was finished. It just keeps moving on and you have to know what happened next before you can put it down. Therefore nothing got done at my house except me reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nina Dunn on May 1, 2012
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Now and then my grandmother would let a tiny comment slip about what it was like growing up in Russia. About how if someone mouthed off, how he would disappear and no one would ever talk of it; ever. Stories of children sent to hide cows in the woods, then watching their homes and families suffer atrocious cruelties. But it was all bits and pieces. Sue Sherman has woven an incredible masterpiece including the good, the bad and the ugly. The social swings, the economics swings, the love stories, when the bravest thing to do is survive.

This book is like mind melding with someone through all their memories, it is the very essence of the heart and soul. Couldn't put the book down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Spiller on October 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is an impressive debut novel. Sherman's masterful story telling skills maintain a high level of action while carrying the reader through a vivid, compelling and fully realized historic world of shtetl life in turn of the 20th Century Russia. Yes, Berta is not the most likable character, but utterly human as she faces real crises in her own tenacious way. Reading in this U.S. election year of the struggles of real individuals in Russia during its revolution and World War I reminds how easily social structures can be undone and what, in contrast, a miracle the promise and reality of America was for immigrants who managed to escape this troubled region.
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