The Last Chicken in America (Norton)
An engaging novel-in-stories about Russian immigrants in Pittsburgh.
"'The Last Chicken in America' should be required reading for the entire planet: those of us yearning for a larger fate, those of us struggling under the loving burden of family, and, in particular, the various proto-fascists attempting to use immigration to scare decent Americans. Ellen Litman's stories reminds us that the human soul is, in its essence, an immigrant: eager, rootless, searching tenderly for home. The depth of her insight, and the incandescence of her prose, is startling."
"A beautiful, complex portrait of an immigrant community that, through its heart, virtuosity, humor, and unrelenting precision of vision, ends up being about America itself... She is a wonderful, generous, immensely gifted young writer."
-- George Saunders
"Ellen Litman's intelligence is fresh, tender and wonderfully alive."