What Happened to Anna K

What Happened to Anna K.

by Irina Ryen

Arlene Almas: Here is a look at a society within our society, Russian-Jewish immigrants and their children and grandchildren, and a subculture within that culture, Bukharian Jews. Many of the young women marry according to tradition, joining their lives to men chosen by their parents, but some do not. The vivacious Anna does follow her parents' wishes at first and marries a man considerably older than herself, and they have a baby boy. But Anna is attracted to another man, who was once engaged to her cousin Katya - well, as you can see, there are a lot of emotional complications in Anna's life, leading to all kinds of other complications. The "Anna K." in the title also refers to Tolstoy's novel "Anna Karenina," the plot of which is partially borrowed by this book. I have to confess I don't remember the original, but I enjoyed this story nevertheless.
Rating: ****

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