The Escape Artist
Traveling in a world of small-scale criminals and large emotions, our two lesbian heroes rub elbows with -- and up against -- Sofia's captors, the formidable and bizarrely religious Madame Perle Goldenberg and her malcontent brother Tutsik; Marek Fishbein, the boorish king pimp of the ghetto; Perle's bordello colleague, salty Red Ruthie; and a bevy of unblushing racketeers, hypocrites, and whores.
Written with the bent notes and dizzying rhythms of a Klezmer tune, The Escape Artist is a breathtaking, delightful tale, full of spills, chills, and lush language. Its historical sleight of hand and brave imagination keep all the balls in the air.
Firebrand Books, 9781563410857, 288pp.
Publication Date: March 1, 1997