by Sandy HusebyDecember, 1998
Drawn into the crucible of militant hate, two long-separated strands of a remarkable Jewish family reunite in Red, White and Blue by Susan Isaacs. Immigrant Dora Schottlan's children, Jacob and Ruthie, establish the two strands of family. Jacob leaves family and heritage behind to begin the line traced through sons in remote Wyoming. Ruthie's generations of daughters survive without their men in New York. Neither family strand is aware of the other until the bombing of a video store in Jackson Hole brings journalist Lauren Miller west to the realm of FBI agent Charlie Blair.
Alive with eloquent, fluid language and salted with fitting doses of earthy humor, Isaac's newest novel is a triumph. She ennobles this saga of an American family as Charlie and Lauren unite to learn about themselves, family, and what it means to be an American.
Red, White and Blue (HarperCollins, $25, 0060176083; HarperAudio, $25, 0694519820) is a transcendent celebration of the American experience at its most joyous and most sorrowful. In the telling of one heritage, Isaacs offers a treasured gift to Americans of every heritage.
Sandy Huseby reviews and writes from her homes in Fargo, North Dakota, and near Nevis, Minnesota. She is online at Shuseby@aol.com.