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REMEMBER THIS TIME
REMEMBER THIS TIME (with Gloria Kurian Broder)
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Based on research, oral history tapes, and interviews, REMEMBER THIS TIME recreates Western Russia during the First World War and the Russian Revolution through the powerful, yet intimate story of the Chodorov family from 1914 through 1919. At the center is Kala, the second oldest of four daughters, a patriotic and spirited sixteen year old when the novel begins, a young woman characteristic of the hardworking, energetic life of the times, devoted and proud of her family, her Jewish traditions, and her home town of Lyesk. As the war escalates and the Russians enforce a scorched earth policy, Kala's beloved Lyesk --in the midst of the Pale of Jewish Settlement -- is destroyed. Against her mother's wishes, she becomes a refugee, joins her first love and her Russian countrymen on their retreat into Great Russia while her sisters and parents hide in the woods to await...
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Based on research, oral history tapes, and interviews, REMEMBER THIS TIME recreates Western Russia during the First World War and the Russian Revolution through the powerful, yet intimate story of the Chodorov family from 1914 through 1919. At the center is Kala, the second oldest of four daughters, a patriotic and spirited sixteen year old when the novel begins, a young woman characteristic of the hardworking, energetic life of the times, devoted and proud of her family, her Jewish traditions, and her home town of Lyesk. As the war escalates and the Russians enforce a scorched earth policy, Kala's beloved Lyesk --in the midst of the Pale of Jewish Settlement -- is destroyed. Against her mother's wishes, she becomes a refugee, joins her first love and her Russian countrymen on their retreat into Great Russia while her sisters and parents hide in the woods to await the advancing German armies and plan to rebuild their burnt-out home under the new government.

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About Bill

Bill Broder was born and brought up in Detroit.  He graduated from Columbia College, served in the Navy, and wrote and taught writing as a Teaching Assistant under Wallace Stegner and Richard Scowcroft at Stanford. His current book, A PRAYER FOR THE DEPARTED, is available as...

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Published Reviews

Oct.20.2011

Broder’s careful, eloquent meditations upon family life transform this account from a mere history or memoir to a celebration of, and tribute to, family life. “What a curious idea,” Broder says when...

Oct.20.2011

Broder's "Taking Care of Cleo" is a cleverly disarming mix of psychological realism, romance and comedy. The author of the story collection "The Sacred Hoop" and, with his wife, Gloria...

Author's Publishing Notes

<p>&quot;The Broders' achievement is most impressive. Their story is engrossing, totally believable. It's a large canvas, yet its small details are vividly observed, its charcters very much alive.&quot; -- Bel Kaufman</p><p> &quot;Kala Chodorov is a masterful literary invention . . . her sisters, parents, the suitors, the townspeople become as distinct and ultimately as involving as the members of one's own family.&quot; -- Ivan Gold</p><p>&quot;The Broders' historical research is notable . . .&quot; -- Publishers Weekly</p><p>&quot;A solid portrait of a peaceful community, and good and gentle people, in terrible times.&quot; -- Kirkus Review</p><p>&quot;REMEMBER THIS TIME is a remarkable book. It portrays the realities of life in Eastern Europe so movingly that I learned about Jewish family roots and traditions in a way I never had before . . . it's enormously inspiring.&quot; -- William Stevenson</p>