TOM DEIGNAN (tdeignan.blogspot.com) has written about books for The New York Times, Washington Post and Newark Star Ledger. A columnist for the Irish Voice newspaper, he is working on a novel set in Brooklyn on the eve of World War II.
And so, three generations of yearning wanderers are trapped in an emotional limbo between the United States and Russia, weighed down byyet also dangerously ignorantof history. When Lenny says, “nothing here is straightforward,” Krasikov wants us to think not only about Russia, but also family life, over the decades.
Narrated by a young Irish immigrant named Liam, who arrives in Brooklyn from County Clare in 1915, Exile on Bridge Street chronicles the labor and ethnic strife that engulfed the borough’s immigrants and their children.
In a now-famous 1997 smack down, David Foster Wallace took a generation of great American novelists—Updike, Mailer, Roth—to task.
The poet Philip Larkin famously wrote: They fuck you up, your mum and dad / They may not mean to, but they do. Anna Kerrigan, the protagonist of Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Egans new novel, might well nod at Larkins sentiment, certainly as it relates to her father.