Left to Choose

Maria Belkind


The gripping story of a Jewish family over several generations as they struggle to live and love despite harrowing circumstances. We hear the tales of many characters: an abducted child fighting to survive, a wartime engineer serving in the radio intelligence division, a musician who plays in Leningrad under siege, and young people whose quest for spiritual peace takes them to a dangerous place. Touching, nuanced, and often darkly comic, the characters are written with admirable humanity. Woven throughout this narrative is a common thread of the impossible weight of life-threatening decisions the protagonists are forced to make.

379 pages.