11 2022

Fourth Annual Marvin Caplan Jewish Federation l Yelena Lembersky

11:00AM - 12:00PM  

JHamilton 1605 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON

Contact Jazmin Rymberg
905-648-0605 ext 301

Yelena Lembersky will be presenting her book Like a Drop of Ink in a Downpour
Yele­na Lem­ber­sky grew up in Leningrad, the USSR, two places no longer on the map. The feel­ing of float­ing with­out pre­cise coor­di­nates, like a boat with­out moor­ing, is a pro­pelling cre­ative force for her imag­i­na­tion. After earn­ing a dou­ble Bach­e­lors’ from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan and a Mas­ters’ from MIT, she worked as an archi­tect, orga­nized art exhi­bi­tions, and final­ly turned to writ­ing, pub­lish­ing sto­ries, essays, and the cat­a­logue ​“Felix Lem­ber­sky: Paint­ings and Draw­ings”. This new mem­oir, co-authored with her moth­er, Gali­na, is her first book-length work of cre­ative non-fic­tion. She lives with her fam­i­ly near Boston, Massachusetts.

Like a Drop of Ink in a Down­pour: Mem­o­ries of Sovi­et Rus­sia traces Yele­na Lembersky’s child­hood in Leningrad (Saint Peters­burg) in the 1970s and ​‘80s. Her life is upend­ed when her fam­i­ly decides to emi­grate to Amer­i­ca, but instead her moth­er is charged with a crime and unjust­ly incarcerated.

Told in the dual points of view, this mem­oir is a clear-eyed look at the real­i­ty of life in the Sovi­et Union dur­ing the Cold War, giv­ing us an insider’s per­spec­tive on the roots of con­tem­po­rary Rus­sia. It is also a com­ing-of age sto­ry, heart­felt and fun­ny, a tes­ta­ment to the unbreak­able bond between moth­ers and daugh­ters, and the heal­ing pow­er of art.