. . . . This novel, which tells the story of Fiddler on the Roof's Hodel, Tevye's daughter who chooses to follow her the radical socialist lover, Perchik, to a work camp in Siberia instead of immigrating out of Russia with her family. It's one of the most heartbreaking moments in theater history, or so it is to me, who let us not forget, doesn't know much about theater, and is generally uninterested in musicals. But Fiddler on the Roof is one of those exceptions.
Information about Alexandra Silber and her need to write this novel here -- in her acting career she has played the roles of both of Teyva's daughters.
Silber picks up Hodel' story when she arrives at the work camp. It's brutal, as these things were.
This is a novel I wish to read, even though Kirkus, among others, have been fairly snooty about it.
The New York Times wrote about this last year (pay wall, so here's the full url)