There was a period in the late 19th century when Jews experiencing persecution in eastern Europe were brought to America to become homesteaders. They arrived in barren landscapes, often with little farming experience, speaking little English, and tried to make a go of it. Writer Anna Solomon used that real history to create her first book of fiction, "The Little Bride." It follows 16-year-old Minna Losk in Odessa. She has decided to become a mail order bride and leave her home to marry a much older man she's never met to start a new life in America.
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