This beautifully written book follows the life of a young girl in "The Old Country" (an unnamed area of Eastern Europe) who eventually emigrates to America and has children, grandchildren and a great grandchild of her own. When told from the main character's perspective, it reads like a fairy tale for grownups, with subplots evocative of Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel and Rapunzel. I couldn't put it down!
Set in an unnamed Eastern European country, the first part of this book is an amalgam of fairy tale imagery, with elements of Hansel & Gretel, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood. The book follows the main character, Ilana, through her journey to the United States and her consequent life as an immigrant. Eventually, Ilana's stories are interwoven with those of her daughter, granddaughter, great granddaughter and the men who come into their lives too briefly. A fascinating and unique book.