The Knife Sharpener's Bell
Winner of the J.I. Segal 2010 Awards, Prize in English Fiction and Poetry on a Jewish Theme
Shortlisted for the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards, Fiction
Annette Gershon and her family try to escape the economic chaos of the Great Depression in 1930s Winnipeg by returning "home" to the Soviet Union. But there they find themselves on a runaway train of tumultuous events as Stalinist Russia plunges into the horrors of World War II. This story of remarkable breadth and extraordinary prose is the seldom-told tale of those who undertook that odyssey, of loyalty and betrayal, heroism and fear.