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Tender coming-of-age tale
Date of Review: 
Jan.02.2011
Published Work: 
Reviewer: 
Charles Weinblatt
Source: 
New York Journal of Books

Anya’s War is a tender coming-of-age tale of a Jewish girl whose family escaped to Shanghai from the impending Nazi takeover of their home in Russia. ... Alban’s descriptions of life in China are terrific and she pulls the reader along with vibrant flow and intensity. ... The pace of this novel increases exponentially, with an explosive conclusion.