Sunday, 21 February 2016
My Aunt Manya
It relates the story of Sarah, a ten-year-old immigrant who is making they journey to America.
The journey for Sarah is a long and hard one.
Sarah lives in Russia toward the end of the 19th century.
Sarah's home life is pitiful. She hates her stepmother with a passion. But unfortunately her father has had to leave Russia in order to seek work in the new promised land, America.
He has left home to live with his sister, Sarah's aunt Manya.
Then, comes a terrible blow to young Sarah. She receives a letter from her aunt Manya. Her father has met with an accident and has died.
In the letter, however, is also the hope of a possible salvation. For aunt Manya has enclosed some money and a boat ticket and the offer of a home in New York.
The life of Sarah and her family is one of constant worry, as they are Russian Jews and their community is under constant threat of random, murderous attacks by Cossack soldiers.
When friends of Sarah receive reports of a force of Cossacks camped near to their village they decide to help Sarah set out, alone, to make her bid for freedom from oppression and to make a new life for herself ion the new world that is America, with her aunt Manya.
Sarah sets out on her long and arduous journey, facing the unknown perils of the great undertaking that she must make, as she reaches out for her aunt Manya and her new life.
This book is published by Matador at £6.99 in paperback and £10.99 in hardback.
It is available for sale at the That's Books and Entertainment bookshop, just to the right of this review.