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On Bittersweet Place By Ronna Wineberg On Bittersweet Place On Bittersweet Place is the powerful coming of age story of Lena Czernitski a young Russian Jew whose family flees their homeland in the Ukraine after the October Revolution The story unfolds in Chic

  • Title: On Bittersweet Place
  • Author: Ronna Wineberg
  • ISBN: 9780984764815
  • Page: 420
  • Format: Paperback
  • On Bittersweet Place By Ronna Wineberg On Bittersweet Place is the powerful coming of age story of Lena Czernitski, a young Russian Jew whose family flees their homeland in the Ukraine after the October Revolution The story unfolds in Chicago during the Jazz Age of the 1920s, where Lena s impoverished family has settled and where she must traverse the early years of adolescence Lena s new world is large and bOn Bittersweet Place is the powerful coming of age story of Lena Czernitski, a young Russian Jew whose family flees their homeland in the Ukraine after the October Revolution The story unfolds in Chicago during the Jazz Age of the 1920s, where Lena s impoverished family has settled and where she must traverse the early years of adolescence Lena s new world is large and beautiful and full of promise, but it is also cold and unwelcoming and laden with danger Ronna Wineberg delivers a moving, universal story of family, self discovery, young love, and the always relevant experience of the immigrant, the refugee, the outsider struggling to create a new home and a better life in an unfamiliar place.
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    1. Dottie Resnick on said:

      On Bittersweet Place is a love story, immigrant story and coming of age novel The writing is soft, melancholy, expressive and descriptive It is written from the perspective of a young immigrant girl who leaves Russia with her mother, uncles and brother to join her father in Chicago The angst, trials and tribulations as well as the growing and maturing of the young girl are beautifully described This is not a page turning novel, but an interesting and compelling read.

    2. Erika Dreifus on said:

      I had the pleasure of reading a complimentary advance galley of this book, and then I supplied the following blurb In the pages of Ronna Wineberg s On Bittersweet Place, one finds echoes of Anzia Yezierska and Betty Smith in the fictional story of Lena Czernitski s immigrant family in the first quarter of the 20th century the reader recovers a piece of our larger American history Quite impressive.

    3. Marylee MacDonald on said:

      I fell in love with Lena Czernitski, a girl on the threshold of adolescence Lena s voice pulled me right back into historical Chicago and into a family that has escaped pogroms only to find themselves exposed to other dangers In the world of her family, keeping secrets are the norm Lena has secrets, and so do many of the other members of the family It was interesting to see when those secrets would come into the foreground and what effect they would have on her Other reviewers have talked about [...]

    4. Cynthia on said:

      10 year old Lena s family flees the Ukraine and sets up their new lives in Chicago Over the decade of the 1920 s she learns how to become an American and a young woman Lots of early Chicago atmosphere.

    5. Deby Eisenberg on said:

      A heart rending and yet ultimately hopeful portrayal of the Jewish immigrant experience of 1920 s Chicago While escaping the terrors of Europe, the journey in America for this one extended family presents its own challenges, frustrations and disappointments Wineberg s tender, compassionate, and lyrical prose draws you into the world of her characters, and makes you empathize with their misfortune and root for their joys Strong themes of man s ability to determine his role in the universe resonat [...]

    6. Susan DeMartino on said:

      I received this free from GoodReads from FirstReads, however I regrettably did not enjoy it much I guess if I were a teenager I might have liked it , as the narrator is a teenage girl, but I found the situations and dialogue contrived and immature All the characters where constantly speaking cliches in every moment of dialogue, the characters were one dimensional, events felt unrelated to one another and created just to happen, and the author was too overt in every message about family, growing [...]

    7. Mindy on said:

      Overall I enjoyed the story line I felt parts were a bit redundant being written about than one time The author was able to make me feel what poor Lena was feeling throughout the story, which was usually overwhelming sadness and pain I liked how when non English words were used in the story, their definition usually followed making it much easier for me to understand Very thoughtful of the author to do this

    8. Dana on said:

      I won this book from The writing was solid and the author s voice was strong and filled with energy Yet, I didn t find this overly interesting Each chapter was devoted to a different event in her life, which seemed disjointed from each other Some of the things she experienced were very sad, but were told with a detachment that didn t allow me to invest in her or the story This was a slow read for me that wasn t as satisfying as I expected.

    9. Audrey on said:

      The writing seems adolescent but the story captured me We meet Lena as a preteen and she grows into a teenager with family and school struggles that reflect her Russian heritage She is growing up in a family who is struggling to find their way in a new culture and time.

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