Mannequin Girl: A Novel
by Ellen Litman,
The Jerusalem Post, June 20, 2014
Just before she starts first grade in 1980, Kat Knopman-Roshdal, a local wunderkind, is diagnosed with scoliosis. It is not the only "handicap" with which she must contend. Her parents, Anechka and Misha, who teach literature and theater at a Moscow school, are political dissidents in a country in which "you adapt by betraying your principles." The Knopman-Roshdals are Jewish, moreover, "and some girls at school don’t make it sound like a good thing."