There are so many great items in our collection and although it is hard for us to choose which ones we like best, here we list some of our favorites. The most recent review is featured below and you can also browse past reviews below. To read a past review, just click the cover of the book and enjoy.
David Bezmozgis’ The Free World starkly demonstrates the cost of freedom during immigration in World War II. Leaving the former Soviet Union for the “Free World,” the Krasnansky family’s journey leads them away from the known and into a powder keg of mistrust and uncertainty. The family’s thin veneer of civility cracks under the stress of relocation and waiting and mere survival seems a luxury.
The characters in this novel are complex. As their world implodes, their faults emerge. In this novel there are no saints and no true sinners. Bezmozgis has an affection for his characters, even with all of their flaws, that shines through his writing. The characters’ ability to forgive even the most public humiliations and continue with life when direction sends them reeling is unforgettable.
To search for The Free World is to grow strong as losses grow stronger and David Bezmozgis’ novel shows us how.
Linda Blasnik, Librarian