Natasha And Other Stories

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HarperCollins Canada, Apr 5, 2011 - Fiction - 176 pages
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National Bestseller

Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year

New York Times Notable Book of the Year

Winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (Canada and Caribbean Region)

Winner of the Canadian Jewish Book Award, Fiction Category

Winner of the Toronto Book Award

Winner of the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize for Fiction

Winner of the Danuta Gleed Literary Award

Finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction

Finalist for CBC’s Canada Reads

Finalist for the Guardian First Book Award

Finalist for the Borders Books and Music 2004 Original Voices Award

Finalist for the LA Times Book Prize

The Bermans—Bella, Roman and their son, Mark—are Russian Jews who fled the Riga of Brezhnev for Toronto, the city of their dreams. Natasha and Other Stories is the chronicle of their search for a better life as they struggle to fit into a foreign urban landscape. Told through Mark’s eyes, these are stories filled with heart, verve and consequence. In “Tapka,” six-year-old Mark’s cocky game with a neighbour’s beloved dog turns into a tragi-comedy of life lessons learned. In the title story, a teenage Mark faces a stark, comical and ultimately searing introduction to first love at the experienced hands of his cousin, Natasha, an immigrant from the new Russia. And in “Minyan,” Mark and his grandfather watch as the death of an Odessan cab driver sets off a religious controversy among the residents of a Jewish old-people’s home.

Often funny and always wise, this much-celebrated collection captures the immigrant experience with striking wit and deep sympathy.

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User Review  - LibraryCin - LibraryThing

3.5 stars This is a book of short stories focusing on Russian Jews who have immigrated to Toronto, Ontario. I liked that these stories followed the same people, or the same general group of people ... Read full review

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User Review  - rocketjk - LibraryThing

This is a slim volume of lovely, loosely interconnected short stories about a Jewish immigrants in Toronto in the latter part of the 20th century, seen through the eyes of the family's only son, Mark ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

DAVID BEZMOZGIS moved from Latvia to Canada at the age of six. After studying English literature at McGill University and fine arts at the Southern California School of Cinema-Television, he created his first documentary in 1999, entitled L.A. Mohel, capturing the busy lives of three mohels (Jewish ritual circumcisers) in Los Angeles. His debut short story collection, Natasha and Other Stories, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book and was nominated for a Governor General’s Award. Bezmozgis is currently a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

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