My father Ben was born in the Ukraine amidst the worst of Russia’s bloody 1905 anti-Jewish riots - pogroms. Shortly after, my grandfather Max escaped with his family to America. A hundred years later, I returned to the Ukraine. I paid my respects at a tombstone honoring the victims of the 1905 pogroms, and stood in the square where the Nazis in 1941 rounded up thousands of Jews and marched them off to be executed. Had my grandparents not left Russia when they did, I might well have died in a square just like that one. My need to connect with these grandparents I never knew arose in those moments. A Fine September Morning is the result.
A Fine September Morning is the follow-up to my successful self-published first novel, Goliath’s Head. Prior to beginning my writing career, I was a marketing consultant, senior corporate executive, university adjunct faculty, corporate board member, community volunteer, and an officer in the U.S. Army. The father of a daughter and twin sons, the grandfather of seven, my wife Ann and I live with our Siberian cat, Pasha, high on a hill overlooking San Francisco Bay.
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A Fine September Morning
By Alan Fleishman
Published: February 23, 2013.
In a Russian 1905 anti-Jewish riot, Avi shoots the mob leader and must flee to America. His family follows, except his brother Lieb, who refuses. In ensuing years, Avi lives the American dream. Lieb lives Russia’s nightmare. When Stalin’s purges ensnare his family, Lieb sees he must escape, but all avenues are blocked, and Hitler’s armies threaten. Only his American brother can rescue him.
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- Sentence of Marriage (Promises to Keep: Book 1)
on March 11, 2010
Sentence of Marriage is fabulously written. It has the feel, though not the plot, of Leon Uris's Redemption or Colleen McCullough’s Thornbirds. Right from the start, the descriptions are so rich, touching every sense. The images are vivid. And we come quickly to care about these characters. The reader can picture and feel the setting in time and place. You understand the rugged life and hard labor of rural New Zealand in the 1880’s.
With Amy, Lizzie, and all of the characters, I felt I got to understand them quickly, with an economy of words that is very sophisticated writing. The scene when Frank asks Arthur for permission to marry Lizzie is wonderful. You can feel Frank's discomfort and Arthur playing with him a bit. The reader is pretty sure Frank is going to muster the courage to ask for Lizzie's hand, but there's just that little doubt. It's a perfect balance of tension. The last scene in Chapter 25, when a revelation throws Amy's family into crisis, is just terrific writing.
Sentence of Marriage should occupy a permanent place on everyone’s e-bookshelf.