Review of ‘Stitching a Life: An Immigration Story’

Stitching a Life: An Immigration Story is a compelling story, adapted from the diary of Ms. Fein’s grandmother. It is a compelling story about immigration and one everyone should read.

Stitching a life
Stitching a Life: An Immigration Story by Mary Helen Fein She Writes Press

Helen, born Hinde, comes to America in 1900, following her father from their small village in Lithuania, in the hopes of saving enough money to get the rest of their family out and away from the terrible anti-Semitism and persecution.

This novel is critical because many forget that we are all descendants of immigrants. Unless one is a Native American, everyone is an immigrant. Immigration is the foundation of America; it was built by immigrants who worked long and hard to make a life for themselves. This novel also highlights the reason for immigration.

Helen and her family are Jewish, and in Lithuania, they face great persecution for their beliefs. Not only that but the Russian army conscripts any young Jewish boy age 12 or over where they face terrible treatment. Helen’s brother faces that fate unless they escape.

Stitching a Life: An Immigration Story was a compelling read because it reminds readers why people come to America, why they risk everything to come to this country. They want the freedom to be who they are; want the freedom to practice their beliefs; they want the freedom to live their lives without fear.

Helen and her family also face their challenges during there journey. They come face to face with the challenges that accompany going to a new land. However, they find a home in America, they make a life for themselves and it is incredible to see this story unfold.

Final Thoughts

Fein uses her imagination and her grandmother’s words to educate readers while also making her grandmother relatable to the reader. She gives her grandmother a strong personality, a compassionate and thoughtful narrative to break the world of fiction with non-fiction. It moves at an incredible pace and leaves the reader with hope for the future.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Product Details:

Pub Date: June 9, 2020Page Count: 256ppAge Range: 14 & Over
ISBN: 978-1-6315-2677-0Publisher: She Writes PressList Price: $16.95

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