Boris Fishman, author of Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo, on tour March 2016

Posted By on February 19, 2016

Don't Let My Baby Do Rodeo coverAbout Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo

• Hardcover: 336 pages
• Publisher: Harper (March 1, 2016)

The author of the critically admired, award-winning A Replacement Life turns to a different kind of story—an evocative, nuanced portrait of marriage and family, a woman reckoning with what she’s given up to make both work, and the universal question of how we reconcile who we are and whom the world wants us to be.

Maya Shulman and Alex Rubin met in 1992, when she was a Ukrainian exchange student with “a devil in [her] head” about becoming a chef instead of a medical worker, and he the coddled son of Russian immigrants wanting to toe the water of a less predictable life.

Twenty years later, Maya Rubin is a medical worker in suburban New Jersey, and Alex his father’s second in the family business. The great dislocation of their lives is their eight-year-old son Max—adopted from two teenagers in Montana despite Alex’s view that “adopted children are second-class.”

At once a salvation and a mystery to his parents—with whom Max’s biological mother left the child with the cryptic exhortation “don’t let my baby do rodeo”—Max suddenly turns feral, consorting with wild animals, eating grass, and running away to sit face down in a river.

Searching for answers, Maya convinces Alex to embark on a cross-country trip to Montana to track down Max’s birth parents—the first drive west of New Jersey of their American lives. But it’s Maya who’s illuminated by the journey, her own erstwhile wildness summoned for a reckoning by the unsparing landscape, with seismic consequences for herself and her family.

Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo is a novel about the mystery of inheritance and what exactly it means to belong.

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Photo credit Stephanie Kaltsas

Photo credit Stephanie Kaltsas

About Boris Fishman

Boris Fishman was born in Minsk, Belarus, and immigrated to the United States in 1988 at the age of nine. His journalism, essays, and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. His first novel, A Replacement Life won the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and the American Library Association’s Sophie Brody Medal, was one of The New York Times‘ 100 Notable Books, and was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick. He lives in New York.

Find out more about Boris at his website, and connect with him on Facebook or Twitter.

Tour Stops

Wednesday, March 2nd: Reviews by Amos Lassen

Thursday, March 3rd: Dwell in Possibility

Friday, March 4th: Bibliophiliac

Monday, March 7th: I’m Shelf-ish

Tuesday, March 8th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews – spotlight

Wednesday, March 9th: Raven Haired Girl

Wednesday, March 9th: The Year in Books

Thursday, March 10th: Fearless Creative

Tuesday, March 15th: BookNAround

Wednesday, March 16th: From the TBR Pile

Thursday, March 17th: Mother’s Circle

Monday, March 21st: Thoughts On This ‘n That

Wednesday, March 23rd: I’d Rather Be At The Beach

Thursday, March 31st: Readaholic Zone

Monday, April 4th: Worth Getting in Bed For


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