A second-generation Russian-Jewish (sometimes) redhead
goes off in search of the mysterious great-grandfather,
about whom nobody would ever speak.
On the surface, Looking for Louie is the story of a Russian immigrant family with a terrible secret, long-standing feuds, and a dash of charming dysfunction. But along comes a woman who will do anything—absolutely anything—to uncover her family's secret. To know who she is, she needs to know where she comes from.
She discovers that her family's secret is, yes, a heart-breaking story. And it's a common story—not a 19th-century story, not a Jewish story, but a universal immigrant story of abandonment and betrayal.
She asks, What do we do now? Is there a way to heal the rage and shame that reverberate in so many families from generation to generation?
Top photo: Irene Fertick