Boris Fishman’s replacement life

In a semi-autobiographical novel, an author explores love, truth and roots among Russian émigrés.

By ELAINE MARGOLIN
August 21, 2014 13:10
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Russian émigré Boris Fishman has spent much of his 35 years thinking about how to find his place in America.

The author of A Replacement Life: A Novel, Fishman arrived from Minsk in 1988 at the age of nine, with his parents and grandparents. The family settled uneasily in Brooklyn, then later in New Jersey. Fishman picked up the English language like the precocious child he was, and this thrust him uncomfortably into the role of his family’s ambassador.

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