The review for Where Do I Go
received 3.5 stars.
After the persecution her family suffered and the death of her husband in her homeland of Russia,
Leah and her two young boys hope to find a new life in the United States. With the help of her two
uncles, she makes the difficult journey to her new home in New York City and, hopefully, a better
life. She discovers that life in America has its own struggles and she works to support her family in
terrible conditions, even as she fights to keep her eldest son from falling into the wrong crowd. Her
journey will bring her opportunities for new love, new experiences, and also her own voice and a
chance to feel as if she is finally an American.
Even though Where Do I Go by Beverly Magid has some intense topics and themes, it comes off as if
it is a light read. The book does a wonderful job of portraying life in the early 1900s for immigrants
in New York city. The occasional use of Yiddish can be difficult to follow at times, but adds a
wonderful connection to the family as they themselves find difficulties with language barriers and
adds to the ambiance the author has created. One of the main flaws with the story is that some
moments in the book may leave the reader feeling as if the scene was a small clip of a larger
moment. Readers will enjoy the story’s themes of determination and perseverance. Overall, the book
is an enjoyable and captivating read.