The Little Bride
When 16-year-old Minna Losk journeys from Odessa to America as a mail-order bride, she dreams of a young, wealthy husband, a handsome townhouse, and freedom from physical labor and pogroms. But her husband Max turns out to be twice her age, rigidly Orthodox, and living in a one-room sod hut in South Dakota with his two teenage sons. The country is desolate, the work treach...more
Also, I have to give the author some props for making the word "Iowa"...more
I am copying this from reviewer "Heidi" because she got it right!
"Mail-order bride develops an attraction to her new stepson? It sounded a little bit trite, even tawdry, honestly.
Thankfully, this book is neither. Evocative of Willa Cather's My Antonia, Solomon tells the story of Minna Losk in prose that is absolutely delicious. Minna flees the pogroms and poverty of late-19th century Russia, and journeys to the bar...more
From the Old World to the Old West: A review of The Little Bride
The Little Bride
314 pages, softcover: $15.
Anna Solomon's fascinating first novel The Little Bride begins in Russia in the 1880s, when Minna Losk, a 16-year-old orphan, signs up to become a mail-order bride. After the death of her father, Minna worked for a while as a maid for a once-wealthy woman. Now, however, with pogroms against Jews increasing in number and int...more
Thankfully, this book is neither. Evocative of Willa Cather's My Antonia, Solomon tells the story of Minna Losk in prose that is absolutely delicious. Minna flees the pogroms and poverty of late-19th century Russia, an...more
Sixteen year old Minna Losk leaves Odessa--a difficult land of pogroms--to be a mail-order bride. Only she doesn't find the American life she wanted. Her husband Max is older, st...more
Minna has dreams and visions of a wonderful husband and a fancy home with servants but reality set...more
What Anna Solomon has accomplished in her debut novel, THE LITTLE BRIDE, is to take the familiar mail-order bride in the American Pioneer West story and add interesting twists based on little known, but actual,...more
Minna Losk is a sixteen-year-old girl who works as a maid-servant in the poverty of Odessa. After a hard beginning in work and in life, Minna learns she is to go to America as a mail-order bride. To do so, she must present herself for a full physical before leaving the country and heading to the “free” shores, and that one moment alone is enough to scare anyo...more
Category – Fiction/Literature
Minna Losk is sixteen years old, Jewish, and living in Odessa, Russia. She has lost her family and is now a servant for an older lady. She dreams of bettering herself and becomes involved in a mail order bride program.
She goes through a demeaning examination to determine whether she is an acceptable bride.
Minna, accepted into the program, dreams of finding a new life in Americas. She dreams of being wea...more
The story, while fiction, is based upon real events I knew nothing about, the settlement of the west by pioneer Jews from Russia. I knew there were Jewish peddlers (that's how Goldwater's Department Store started) but I knew nothing about actual Jewish farming settlements. So that information was quite interesting. In fact, many small parts of the story were from the author's f...more
don't read the following quote if you don't want the book spoiled:
"He had no right to accuse her of what she hadn't yet decided herself. Would she return to Max? The question was like a face she couldn't bring herself to look at. ....... She had a choice. Which Minna used to think was the same as freedom: gi...more
But, I am sorry to say I did not enjoy reading it. I did not care for the characters, and I don't think the foul language was necessary.
In some respects the story reminded me of the novel, Away by Amy Bloom. Only because it was the hardships the...more