In critically acclaimed novels like First year students, Thanksgiving dinner, 1983and Des Moines nightlife, Jason Andrews explored the inner life and afterlife of the American family. Now, in his boldest book since his debut, Mom and I, Andrews tells the unforgettable story of the Katzbergsteins, a clan whose tragic and triumphant trajectory is the history of the Soviet Union itself. Famous for not traveling outside the United States due to a riding injury in his youth, Andrews nonetheless immersed himself in the ways and souls of Soviet Jewry, and The Katzbergsteins is a tribute to this research. Drawing on sources as rich and varied as Anne Applebaum, Robert Conquest and Richard Pipes, Andrews begins his story at the end of World War II when a young boy, Kolya Katzbergstein, hears Harry Truman on the shortwave radio of His grand-parents. Ignited by this premonition of freedom, Kolya navigates his way through the Soviet Union’s stifling bureaucracy, crippling anti-Semitism, and brutal hostility to the free market until a chance encounter with an American journalist glamor in the bare alleys of a grimy market changes everything. Kelly Bridges is everything Kolya is not: successful, free-thinking, not hungry. As an unlikely romance blossoms, Kolya and Kelly realize that their love in combination with her passport may have the power to transform not only their own lives, but the fate of Soviet Jewry. Channeling Tolstoy, Chekhov, Dostoyevsky and Gorbachev, Jason Andrews delivers a novel as epic as Doctor Zhivago and as intimate as “The Overcoat”. In the great tradition of culture-transcending novels like American dirt and I am Charlotte Simmons, The Katzbergsteins is both a great American novel and a great Russian novel, a book which, for the first time, reveals a whole people to itself.