Yelena Lembersky talks about her memoir, Like A Drop Of Ink in a Downpour, a 2022 finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, and shares the paintings of her grandfather, Felix Lembersky.
“Breathtaking memoir” – Robin Young, host of Here and Now on NPR
The book traces her childhood in Leningrad (Saint Petersburg) in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Her life is upended when her family decides to emigrate to America, but instead her mother is charged with a crime and unjustly incarcerated. Told in the dual points of view of Yelena and her mother, Galina, this memoir is a clear-eyed look at the reality of life in the Soviet Union during the Cold War. It is also a heartfelt and funny coming of age story, a testament to the unbreakable bond between mothers and daughters, and the healing power of art.+ More... - Less...
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