Drawn from letters submitted to the popular advice column of The Forward, a widely read Yiddish language newspaper begun in 1906 New York, this illustrative tribute to the turn-of-the-century Jewish immigrants who transformed New York City offers insight into a segment of America's rich cultural past.
Liana Finck has done a fine graphic novel illustrating some of the letters and envisioning herself being visited by the body and spirit of Abraham Cahan. She is a fine artist, interpreter and storyteller herself! My only quarrel is with the tiny lettering in the Cahan appearances - very hard for a person needing reading glasses to decipher.
Do yourself a favor, willya, and read the original AND this very unique take on an American treasure.
Finck's writing and illustration are both brimming with imagination – she meshes text and image metaphors seamlessly and brings forth many little visual surprises along the way. It is, unfortunately, a bit of a short book, but it's a charming story nonetheless. Highly recommended.