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Veras Will Shelley Ettinger

Veras Will

Shelley Ettinger

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LIBRARY JOURNAL STARRED REVIEW:It was Easter Monday, 1903, when five-year-old Vitka Resnikoff first experienced the evil spawned by ignorance and prejudice. The pogrom that tore through Kishinev, Russia, destroyed her Jewish neighborhood, theMoreLIBRARY JOURNAL STARRED REVIEW:It was Easter Monday, 1903, when five-year-old Vitka Resnikoff first experienced the evil spawned by ignorance and prejudice. The pogrom that tore through Kishinev, Russia, destroyed her Jewish neighborhood, the enraged mob burning, raping, and killing. Ten years later, what’s left of her family has immigrated to New Jersey. When orphaned cousin Mary moves in with the Resnikoffs (now Resnicks) and young Vitka (now Vera) falls in love for the first time, Vera faces a different sort of hatred. Decades later, another Mary comes along, Vera’s granddaughter, who shares more qualities than blood with her grandmother.VERDICT: Longtime LGBTQ activist Ettinger has fashioned a powerful, superbly written saga that spans three generations and a century. The parallel stories of Vera and her granddaughter spotlight the challenges faced by women who love women, but there is an even wider focus here. Through her lifetime, Vera witnesses the Holocaust, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the civil rights era, the counterculture of the 1960s, the gay liberation movement, and more. This debut novel, in essence, presents the history of oppression and liberation in the 20th century told through the voices of two women, one hopelessly silenced, one forever speaking out. A breathtaking achievement.—Jeanne Bogino, New Lebanon Lib., NYA novel of tremendous insight, and tremendous import. ... Veras Will is not only a deeply moving book, but a gift, and a kind of rescue.Justin Torres, author of We the AnimalsEttingers captivating story is rich with social and cultural detail, alive with generously-drawn characters, and unflinching in its political passion.Ellen Meeropol, author of On Hurricane IslandVeras Will is a beautifully written family saga with a twist that tells the parallel stories of a woman and her granddaughter who are both lesbian. ... One is a story of self-sacrifice, the other is a story of liberation- the authors great gift is to show us how they intertwine.Michael Nava, author of The City of Palaces