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This review is from: The Little Bride (Paperback)
Recent years have brought several novels featuring pure, pious young Jewish women immigrating in the 19th or early 20th centuries from E. Europe to NYC. These heroines overcome all obstacles, human and situational, and win the American dream in the end.
"The Little Bride" is not one of those books. It stands alone. Minna, 16, leaves Odessa as a mail order bride, not a plucky, flawless young woman. She lands not in the East Side but in South Dakota, belonging to a groom over twice her age. Moreover, she is expected to be mother to his sons, one of whom is her own age and attractive. She finds no dream house or fashionable wardrobe, but the plainest the Plains have to offer. Anna Solomon gives us not the ideal heroine, but one more fully human. At times, you don't like her. Her story unfolds in totally unexpected directions, surprising you all the way.
Solomon's language is lean and poetic. We may call something "unexamined";she calls it "unquarried." Her images of grass and fists expand ours. A wonderful book, refreshingly new in voice. I read it at night, losing sleep, yet was sorry to see it end.