Tsarist Russia, 1916. A young Jewish girl misses a train and is left behind as her family flees the Russian pogroms for Argentina. Forced to build a life in the Soviet Union, she never gives up hope of an escape and when she finds her long-lost brother she makes the agonizing decision to defect. This defection becomes a closely guarded secret in the family she leaves behind in Moscow. But when many years later her great-granddaughter Sonya becomes romantically involved with the son of an important Soviet official, the secret is conveniently exposed. Sonya’s relationship ends. Devastated and unexpectedly pregnant, Sonya sets out to learn more about her great-grandmother and, as a result, leads her family to make a decision that will forever change their lives.
A remarkable and compelling story, Looking for Sarah paints a vivid picture of what it was like for Jewish women to come of age, live, and survive during the Russian Revolution, Stalin’s purges, the Holocaust and the institutionalized anti-Semitism of the Soviet State.