[Book Review] The Next Pair of Shoes by Chaya Rochel Zimmerman

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By Chaya Rochel Zimmerman

The Grinburg family lives in a Polish shtetl. A young family, just started out, they are faced with a difficult choice. Pogroms against their little community at the turn of the century making decision about seeking safety elsewhere. Froyim, a shoemaker, leaves his wife and infant son, in order to start their journey to a new life.

This is a beautifully touching work of historical fiction set in the turn of the century, at time when live in Eastern Europe was far from peaceful for the Jewish community. Zimmerman’s characters are faced with obstacle after obstacle in their plans to reunite as a family in Argentina. This on-going suspense kept me engaged from beginning to end.

Their immigration experience into the United States is very relatable to readers who are descendants of immigrants with similar stories. Zimmerman crafts wonderfully empathetic characters. I found myself invested in this story, celebrating their success and grieving their setbacks.

Zimmerman is a talented writer and I look forward to more from her. I’d like to thank Stuart Schnee for the free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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