SCOTCH PLAINS-- The Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Central New Jersey, located in Scotch Plains, NJ will be hosting a virtual book read and meet and greet with author Alina Adams for her book "The Nesting Dolls".
The Nesting Dolls reflects on three generations of a Soviet Jewish family in 1930s Odessa, USSR, 1970s Odessa, USSR, and present day Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. The novel tells the story of three women who struggle to survive through Stalin’s purges and the war against “cosmopolitism,” the Free Soviet Jewry/refusnik movement, and the battle between roots and assimilation in America.
Born Alina Genrikhovna Sivorinovskaya in the Ukrainian city of Odessa, Adams is a New York Times best-selling author, self-proclaimed "soap opera insider," and pioneer in online storytelling. Due to the anti-semitic culture that prevented her father from attending medical school, the lifestyle of communism, and lack of opportunity as a Jewish family, Adams immigrated with her parents to the U.S. at age seven. This is where she learned English by watching American soap operas at their home in San Francisco.
Her years glued to the TV paid off when received her B.A. and M.A. in broadcast communications at San Francisco State University, and in 1994, she became a writer at E! Entertainment TV's daily talk show Pure Soap. Adams then went on to work at ABC as a writer for the daytime drama The City and also worked as a researcher for the Daytime Emmy Awards for ten years.
Adams' knowledge of Russian took her around the world as a figure skating researcher and TV producer for ABC, NBC, TNT and ESPN.