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After Anatevka: A Novel Inspired by "Fiddler on the Roof"
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A sweeping historical novel in the grand tradition of Russian literature that imagines what happens to the characters of Fiddler on the Roof after the curtain falls.
The world knows well the tale of Tevye, the beloved Jewish dairyman from the shtetl Anatevka of Tsarist Russia. In stories originally written by Sholem Aleichem and then made world-famous in the celebrated musical Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye, his wife Golde, and their five daughters dealt with the outside influences that were encroaching upon their humble lives. But what happened to those remarkable characters after the curtain fell?

In After Anatevka, Alexandra Silber picks up where Fiddler left off. Second-eldest daughter Hodel takes center stage as she attempts to join her Socialist-leaning fiancé Perchik to the outer reaches of a Siberian work camp. But before Hodel and Perchik can finally be together, they both face extraordinary hurdles and adversaries—both personal and political—attempting to keep them apart at all costs.

A love story set against a backdrop of some of the greatest violence in European history, After Anatevaka is a stunning conclusion to a tale that has gripped audiences around the globe for decades.

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A sweeping historical novel in the grand tradition of Russian literature that imagines what happens to the characters of Fiddler on the Roof after the curtain falls.
The world knows well the tale of Tevye, the beloved Jewish dairyman from the shtetl Anatevka of Tsarist Russia. In stories originally written by Sholem Aleichem and then made world-famous in the celebrated musical Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye, his wife Golde, and their five daughters dealt with the outside influences that were encroaching upon their humble lives. But what happened to those remarkable characters after the curtain fell?

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A love story set against a backdrop of some of the greatest violence in European history, After Anatevaka is a stunning conclusion to a tale that has gripped audiences around the globe for decades.
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      • source: Tony Award-winning and Emmy-nominated actor Jason Alexander
      • content: After Anatevka serves not only as a fitting sequel to a beloved tale, but as a new classic of its own. Alexandra Silber is a masterful storyteller with a poet's gift for language and a romantic's heart. Her novel is pure joy. I can only hope that a musical version is already in the making and that this old actor might have a moment with her onstage as her 'Papa.' Enjoy this amazing tale and let your heart sing. L'chaim! To life!
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      • source: Historical Novels Review (Editor's Choice)
      • content: This phenomenal story carries the light tone of the earlier musical and the vacillating light and dark moods of Russian literature, all sensitively balanced with perfect timing. A gorgeous, captivating story that truly deserves the name of great historical fiction. Alexandra Silber is notably knowledgeable about her topic, but most of all inserts the 'Russian soul' into it that earns it the hallmark of being called classic literature. Extraordinary!
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      • source: Ted Chapin, President of Rodgers & Hammerstein
      • content: While most actors do research for a role, Alexandra Silber has gone above, beyond, and below as she follows these characters out of the story of Fiddler on the Roof and into the wider world. Who knew this accomplished actress was an equally accomplished spinner of tales? Told with skill and depth of emotion, After Anatevka is something quite miraculous.
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      • source: Tony Award-nominated actor Danny Burstein
      • content: After Anatevka is a page-turner: A gorgeous love story, both intimate and epic. Alexandra lovingly and sumptuously picks up where Shalom Aleichem left off. It's the next great Russian novel! I feel like a proud papa when I tell you that not only is Alexandra a brilliant actress, but she's also a gifted novelist.
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      • source: Publishers Weekly
      • content: Admirable. The moving story and attention to detail will make this an enjoyable trip for any fan of Fiddler on the Roof.
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      • source: Foreword Reviews (starred)
      • content: Hodel persists with grace in this continuing story of Tevye's second daughter. Silber's characters sing, and scenes here have a nostalgic, vital air that will speak to Fiddler devotees. A shocking ending will undoubtedly leave readers wanting even more of Hodel's tale; on the other hand, isn't it longing that makes a story great?
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      • source: Tony Award-nominated actress Jessica Hecht
      • content: A stunning accomplishment. Alexandra Silber manages to weave the 20th century migration of Jews out of Europe with wonderful dose of theater history and all the charm of Fiddler on the Roof.
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      • source: Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally
      • content: It's no secret that Alexandra Silber is one of our theater's finest singing actors. But who knew she was a thrilling novelist as well? After Anatevka does Fiddler on the Roof proud.
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        July 17, 2017
        Continuing the story of Fiddler on the Roof, which was based off of the stories of Sholem Aleichem, Silber focuses her novel on one of the children of Tevye and Golde—their second daughter, Hodel. Silber’s admirable continuation imagines Hodel’s life in two post-Fiddler periods: Hodel’s courtship with and engagement to the scholarly Perchik, and her attempts years later to reunite with him after he is sent to a forced labor camp. Silber, an actress who played both Hodel and Tzeitzel in productions of the musical, imbues the book with obvious fondness for and understanding of the characters. Life in Imperial Russia around the turn of the century is not romanticized: Hodel faces trauma after trauma, including lengthy time in jail, but never stops fighting to find her beloved. Silber’s novel stumbles in moments of transition between the time periods, but the moving story and attention to detail will make this an enjoyable trip for any fan of Fiddler on the Roof. Agent: Joelle Delbourgo, Joelle Delbourgo Associates.

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        June 15, 2017
        The iconic characters from Fiddler on the Roof are brought back to life in a new novel that continues their story.It's tempting to imagine the lives of our favorite fictional characters extending beyond the margins of their stories. Just see Pride and Prejudice and Zombies for proof. In her first novel, Silber, a singer and actress who has performed many times in Fiddler on the Roof, continues the stories of two of the characters from that iconic musical: Hodel, Tevye's second-oldest daughter, and the radical socialist Perchik, who tutored Tevye's younger children. At the end of the musical, Perchik has been exiled to Siberia, and Hodel is leaving home to join him there. Silber picks up the narrative at this point. In her telling, Hodel is picked up and imprisoned on her way to Perchik. She's held for a year or more in a dingy, solitary cell, where she is starved and raped. Eventually she reaches Siberia, marries Perchik, and they begin to build a life together. Unfortunately, Silber relates all this in rather florid prose, turning the humorous musical into an overheated, humorless romance. The gentle mockery with which Perchik is treated onstage is entirely absent here. He has become a serious, even tragic figure. He's not entirely convincing, either, despite (or perhaps because of) the back story Silber has given him. Worse, Silber works in flashbacks, so while we do see Hodel and Perchik in their new present, we also have to revisit terrain already traveled by the musical. Much as we might have liked to, we don't get to see what's become of the rest of Hodel's family. Lacking the humor of the original musical, Silber's adaptation is disappointing.

        COPYRIGHT(2017) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        June 1, 2017
        Grammy-nominated singer and actress Silber's fiction debut is a sequel to Fiddler on the Roof, a show whose characters she has interpreted on the international stage. Notably, it's a fully realized, thoughtful literary novel that can also stand alone. The story follows Hodel, a young woman imprisoned in Omsk while attempting to reunite with her fiance, Perchik, a Socialist activist who was taken to a Siberian labor camp. Each of the book's three parts contains a well-developed character arc, and, like Fiddler itself, it contrasts the warmth of Old World traditions with the harsh treatment endured by the Jewish people. The settings have a you-are-there feel, from Hodel's memories of sisterhood and braiding challah back home in Anatevka; to salt-encrusted, remote Siberia, which has its own stark beauty; to the brutality of prison life as the couple's world grows increasingly dark. The strength of their deep romantic bond is emphasized throughout. Fans of the musical and anyone interested in the plight of the Jews in czarist Russia will appreciate this multitalented author's work.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2017, American Library Association.)

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The world knows well the tale of Tevye, the beloved Jewish dairyman from the shtetl Anatevka of Tsarist Russia. In stories originally written by Sholem Aleichem and then made world-famous in the celebrated musical Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye, his wife Golde, and their five daughters dealt with the outside influences that were encroaching upon their humble lives. But what happened to those remarkable characters after the curtain fell?

In After Anatevka, Alexandra Silber picks up where Fiddler left off. Second-eldest daughter Hodel takes center stage as she attempts to join her Socialist-leaning fiancé Perchik to the outer reaches of a Siberian work camp. But before Hodel and Perchik can finally be together, they both face extraordinary hurdles and...
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