by Faye Moskowitz

That Fiendish Lottery

Guilt and loss pervade Ester and Ruzya, (Dial Press, $24.00), a memoir of the lives of author Marsha Gessen‘s two Russian grandmothers, both “winners” in a fiendish lottery where extermination is the cost of losing. Through a remarkable combination of personal interviews and meticulous research, Gessen recreates the times and travails of the two women whose children one day meet, marry and become her parents.

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