Award-winning author and storyteller:American Ending is an incredibly engrossing, richly detailed family saga set just after the turn of the 20th century. Drawing on Russian fairy tales and fables, Zuravleff holds a light up to the stories we tell ourselves and each other, stories that can shape our expectations of love and family, of good and evil, and happy (or unhappy) endings.
Historical parallels to contemporary issues:American Ending makes beautiful and subtle parallels to life for American immigrants during the last century and in this one, examining the promises of the American Dream.
Based on the author’s family story: The immigrant experiences of Zuravleff’s four grandparents are the inspiration for this novel. American Ending is a generational journey and a rich characterization of living in small town Pennsylvania coal county during the early 20th century.