Fishman, Boris A Replacement Life

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A failing young Russian American journalist's life is unexpectedly transformed when he forges Holocaust restitution claims for his rogue grandfather and his friends

Young Russian immigrant Slava Gelman wants to be a great American writer, but is only a researcher at a New Yorker-style magazine. When his beloved grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, dies, his grandfather corners him with a request: could he forge a few Holocaust restitution claims? Slava resists at first, but eventually his semi-fictional accounts turn out to be the best writing he has ever done. Although he lives in fear of discovery and continues to stumble from one tragicomic incident to another, by the time Slava is finally confronted by a German government employee he is ready to play a role that is - almost - heroic.

Boris Fishman was born in Minsk, Belarus, in 1979 and immigrated to the United States at the age of nine. He is the editor of Wild East: Stories from the Last Frontier, and his work has appeared in the New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, New Republic, Wall Street Journal, London Review of Books, New York Times Book Review and other publications. He lives in New York City. A Replacement Life is his first novel.

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'Funny and astute' Sunday Times

'Piercing, witty and enviably well written' New Statesman

'The real thing... Fishman is at his best... in the disputed territory between truth and lies' Observer

'Fishman's ability to handle the highly complex moral ambiguities as well as his laugh-out-loud one-liners make this a brilliant tragicomedy - one that almost matches Howard Jacobson at his best' Christina Appleyard, Daily Mail

'A beautifully written novel about families, love and memory' Daily Express

'Ingenious' New Yorker

'Bold, ambitious and wickedly smart' The New York Times

(100 Notable Books of 2014) ' A Replacement Life is a memorable debut by a wonderfully gifted young writer... Boris Fishman has written a beautifully nuanced, tender, and often very funny novel about conscience and familial loyalty that will linger long in the memory' Joyce Carol Oates 'Is there room in American fiction for another brilliant young émigré writer? There had better be, because here he is. Boris Fishman's first novel, A Replacement Life, is bold, ambitious and wickedly smart... The only problem with this novel is that its covers are too close together. I wanted more' Patricia T. O'Conner, New York Times Book Review

'Sly and subversive...smart and sardonic...a touching story about a tenacious way of life disappearing amidthe prosperity of America' Wall Street Journal

'A powerful yet tender narrative that explores the tug of war between the past and the future for immigrant families in America' --Newsweek

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Boris Fishman was born in Minsk, Belarus, in 1979; his family moved to the United States at the age of nine. He is the editor of Wild East: Stories from the Last Frontier, and his work has appeared in the New Yorker, The New York Times magazine, New Republic, Wall Street Journal, London Review of Books, New York Times Book Review and other publications. He lives in New York City. A Replacement Life is his first novel. ONE will publish his second, Don't Let My Baby Do Rodeo, in 2016.

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