This work had caught me off guard and made me feel a wife variety of emotions as I read through it.
And it blends poetry and prose altogether. And ensuring that each sister has a distinct viewpoint. And it works fantastically to make a different piece of work.
All the while the setting is rich. Coming alive the tensions between the Jews and Russians in the larger scale of things. But it is still at its core the tale of two sisters left alone, with a secret they need to keep.
It keeps tensions high, and have each sister bring their own beliefs and thoughts. But at the end of the day it is still the realization that each of them were precious to each other. And the sacrifices they would do.
As for the romantic love, there is some of that. But it never takes the center stage. It is at its core a story about the sisterhood.
The magic was interesting. It is fluid, and served as an analogy to divide people as well as to highlight those who decide to become more than just what they were born in.
The ending was satisfying, a great way to go. With a lot of surprising turns, but it works to create an amazing end which fits into the theme and has everything come together.
Overall, this work had been rich in the details and culture of Jewish life, and above all at the heart is the story of two sisters who is surviving on their own with no one to tell them what to do.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5