Helen Laser transports listeners to New York City in 1939 to hear the story of jazz club cigarette girl Giddy Brodsky, who is determined to make a success of her new life in America after a horrific pogrom forced her family to flee Russia. Laser's excellent characterization and spot-on timing build tension as Giddy has a chance encounter with one of the Cossacks who carried out the pogram. She then finds herself acting as a spy on behalf of the Chief Commissioner of Immigration, who also has an interest in finding the man who caused her family so much pain. Laser's use of a Russian accent creates authentic-sounding characters. Her portrayal of Giddy as a strong, brave woman is notable. The result is a thrilling and suspenseful listen. K.J.P. © AudioFile 2024, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2024]
Trade Ed. Simon & Schuster Audio 2023
DD ISBN 9781797171609 $17.99
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