Vodka Shot, Pickle Chaser: A True Story of Risk, Corruption, and Self-Discovery Amid the Collapse of the Soviet Union

Forward Motion Publishing  2014


Standing in the dilapidated synagogue that his great-grandparents called home, David found it hard to believe he had made it to Shepetovka, Ukraine. His grandfather told him the village no longer existed, but David knew better.

Two years prior, following college graduation, David traveled to the Soviet Union on a 30-day sightseeing tour. But after finding himself caught up in the middle of a coup d€€tat that destabilized the country, he ended up staying abroad for two and half tumultuous years.

From surviving perilous run-ins with the Russian mafia and Soviet military to searching for his heritage in a remote village, David's story is a riveting coming-of-age memoir.

Through it all, David discovers an unexpected connection to his Jewish identity. By the time he leaves Russia, he realizes that the road less traveled can lead to unexpected adventure, and that looking backward sometimes provides the best insight into how to move forward.

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