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Author Manko, Vanessa.

Title The invention of exile / Vanessa Manko.

Publication Info. New York : Penguin Press, 2014.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Fiction    MANKO,VAN    Available
Description 294 pages ; 24 cm
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Summary "Austin Voronkov is many things. He is an engineer, an inventor, and, in 1913, an immigrant from Russia to Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he gets a job at a rifle factory. At the house where he rents a room, he falls in love with a woman named Julia, who becomes his wife and the mother of his three children. When Austin is wrongly accused of attending anarchist gatherings, his limited grasp of English condemns him to his fate as a deportee and forces him to retreat with his new bride to his home in Russia. There, he and his young family become embroiled in the civil war and must flee once again, this time to Mexico. While Julia and the children are eventually able to return to the United States, Austin becomes indefinitely stranded in Mexico City because of the black mark on his record. He keeps a daily correspondence with Julia, as they each exchange their hopes and fears for the future, and as they struggle to remain a family across a distance of two countries. Austin believes that his engineering designs will be awarded patents, thereby paving the way for the government to approve his return and award his long-sought-after American citizenship. He soon becomes convinced, however, that an FBI agent is monitoring his every move, with the intent of blocking any possible return to the United States"--Dust jacket.
Subject Russian Americans -- History -- Fiction.
Immigrants -- United States -- History -- Fiction.
Exile (Punishment) -- Russia -- History -- Fiction.
Deportees -- Fiction.
Genre/Form Domestic fiction
ISBN 9781594205880 (hardback)
1594205884 (hardback)

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