Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Oechsle 224
Boris Fishman

Boris Fishman will discuss his hot-off-the-press novel Don't Let My Baby Do Rodeo and give a reading from the book. Copies of both of Fishman's novels will be available for purchase, and a book-signing will immediately follow the talk.


"Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo is a novel about the mystery of inheritance and what exactly it means to belong." It is "an evocative, nuanced portrait of marriage and family, a woman reckoning with what she’s given up to make both work, and the universal question of how we reconcile who we are and whom the world wants us to be." In the novel, "Maya Shulman and Alex Rubin met in 1992, when she was a Ukrainian exchange student with 'a devil in [her] head' about becoming a chef instead of a medical worker, and he the coddled son of Russian immigrants wanting to toe the water of a less predictable life."The story tells of "the great dislocation of their lives...their eight-year-old son Max—adopted from two teenagers in Montana despite Alex’s view that 'adopted children are second-class.'"

For more about the book, see advanced press on HarperCollins' website: http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062384362/dont-let-my-baby-do-rodeo

Sponsored by: 
Sheila Goldberg Lecture Fund, Department of Religious Studies, Lafayette College Hillel, Russian and East European Studies

Contact information

Jessica Carr