This volume follows the hapless, albeit hilarious, adventures of Menachem-Mendl, a dreamy optimist who travels to New York and across Eastern Europe in search of an elusive fortune at the approach of World War I. His wife and children are left behind in the shtetl of Kasrilevka.
Sholem Aleichem created the original Tevye the Dairyman of Broadway and Hollywood fame. Aliza Shevrin has translated and published five novels and three collections of children's short stories by Sholem Aleichem as well as short stories and a novel by I. B. Singer. She was a Rockefeller Scholar in Bellagio, Italy.