Waiting for America

A Story of Emigration


Waiting for America:
A Story of Emigration

by Maxim D. Shrayer
©2007
6x9, 224 pages

Cloth: 978-0-8156-0893-6
Paper: 978-0-8156-0997-1
eBook: 0-8156-0893-4

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Waiting for America is the first English-language book to explore the experience of Soviet Jews waiting, in transit, to enter the New World. In 1987 a young Jewish man, the central figure in this captivating memoir, leaves Moscow for good with his parents. The refugees celebrate their freedom in Vienna and spend two months in the coastal Italian resort of Ladispoli. While waiting for a US refugee visa, the book's twenty-year-old poet quenches his thirst for sexual and cultural discovery through his colorful European misadventures. As he anticipates entering a new life in America, he movingly describes the baggage that exiles bring with them, from the inescapable family traps and ties to the sweet cargo of memory.


Feature Story

From the Boston Globe, 4/15/2008


Praise for Waiting for America

"Now, after twenty successful years as an American, Shrayer reminisces about that difficult period with charm, insight, and unexpected humor. A lovely read."
—Lisa Pearl Rosenbaum, Jewish Book World

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