by Jordana Horn

Coincidentally, in Poland

A Day of Small Beginnings (Little, Brown, $24.99) by Lisa Pearl Rosenbaum is an intergenerational saga which takes the reader back and forth from Poland to America to Poland again, on the wings of a lost soul. The story begins in Poland in 1906, when a young Jewish boy, Itzik Leiber, defends a group of Jewish children from a violent Polish peasant. Fleeing the angry townspeople of Zokof, he takes refuge in the town’s cemetery, where the spirit of a childless and incongruously scholarly woman, Freidl, becomes his protector, sending him to America. Freidl finds she cannot return to her grave, and is doomed to wander with the evolving story of Itzik and his family.

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