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Fascinating story of the permanent, although unseen, connections between strangers of a family that feel responsibility to one another in spite of changed cultures and great distances that set them apart Every Jew should read this book. (((FREE DOWNLOAD))) ☔ Life Lines ↠ From The Dust Jacket At The Heart Of This Powerful Novel Are The Life Lines That Connect One Member Of A Family To Another Lines Formed Not Only By Blood But Also By The Full, Complex, Tragic And Triumphant Experience Of Jewish Life In Three CountriesMartin Singer Is A Rich, Influential American, The Son Of A Supreme Court Justice, The Grandson Of A Russian Immigrant Who Rose From Poverty To Found The Great Department Store That Is Still At The Center Of The Singer Family S Fortune Martin Is A Merchant Prince Shrewd, Handsome, Gifted, Bless With A Satisfying Marriage To Jenny, A Dynamic Woman In Her Own Right Though Afflicted Of Late By Martin S Serious Illness And Rebellious Son, The Singers Are Nevertheless Supremely Sure Of Who They Are And What They Stand ForInto Their Well Ordered Life Of Wealth And Social Prominence Comes A Sudden Appeal For Help From The Soviet Union A Man In Despair Reaches Out To Them A Man Who Claims To Be Their Cousin And Whose Letters Plunge Martin Back Into The Story Of His Family And The Incredible Journey Of His Grandfather From The Squalor Of Jew Street In Minsk To The Shimmer Of Fifth Avenue In New YorkFor Martin And Jenny Singer, Being Jewish Is Not A Problem But A Grace Note In Their Full Lives For Their Cousin Yuri Ivanovich Karpeyko And His Mostly Gentile Family, Survival In The Soviet Union Has Been Made Possible Only By His First Hiding His Jewishness From The Nazis Who Occupied His City, Then Denying It To His Fellow Communists After The War For In The Soviet Union, The Tide Has Turned Against Him, A Much Honored Member Of The Party Ancient, Dark Russian Anti Semitism Is On The Rise, And Yuri War Hero, Renowned Professor Of Pediatrics, Son Of An Illustrious Bolshevik Leader Is Now Accused Of Zionism The Charge Is A Political Move On The Part Of An Enemy Of His Father S Yuri And His Wife, Cleo, Are Harassed And Threatened Yuri Loses His Job Their Daughter Is Dismissed From Medical School Their Apartment Is Searched And Yuri At Last Is Summoned To KGB Headquarters, Where He Spends Three Harrowing Days Never Before Much Of A Jew, Much Less A Zionist, He Begins To Wonder About His Origins And Defiantly Seeks Help From Active Zionists In Minsk Out Of Desperation, He Finally Decides To Emigrate Before He Is Imprisoned And Writes To His American Cousin, Martin, Whom He Has Never Met, For Help Martin Sends Word To Their Cousins In Israel, Where The Singers Have Equally Distinguished RelativesBoth The Americans And The Israelis, In Typically Different Ways, Set About Trying To Rescue Yuri We Discover The Secret Of Each Branch Of The Family As The Americans Bring Pressure Upon Their Government To Come To Yuri S Aid, The Israelis Resort To A Daring Rescue PlanAs The All Powerful Soviet Bureaucracy, Which Has Driven Yuri From His Job, His Home And His Family, Closes In On His Freedom, We Watch Him At The Crossroads, Offered The Chance Of A Dangerous Escape And An Agonizing Choice Should He Go To The Parochial Safety Of Israel, With All Its Hardships, Or To America, With Its Diversity And Material Comforts, To Live Among People Who Might Any Day Turn Against Him Or Should He Accept Imprisonment And Become A Symbol, Thereby Nudging Russia Closer To Becoming A Safer, Humane And Just Country Yuri S Struggle, His Choice, The Singers Rediscovery Of Their Family S Past And The Demands Of Their Blood Ties Change Not Only Yuri S Life But The Lives Of All The Singers, Bringing Them Together And Re Creating In Each Of Them A Deeper Knowledge Of Their Common Roots And Of The Responsibility Each Bears For The Others, Across Barriers Of Three Cultures, Three Languages, And Three Nationalities They And We Discover The Essence Of Being Jewish In Our Time Enthralling A few incongruities towards the end but overall an historical fiction that felt like it could have been a biography One of my favourite types of book. Read this book years ago and could not find of the same author A very beautiful book that you cannot put down and a very good story about a family s life.