Subtitled “A Novel Inspired by Fiddler on the Roof,” the book was written by Alexandra Silber, and has a foreword by Fiddler on the Roof lyricist Sheldon Harnick. Silber plays Tzeitel in the current Broadway revival of the classic musical; she also played Hodel in a U.K. staging of Fiddler.
The book is described as “a sweeping historical novel in the grand tradition of Russian literature that imagines what happens to the characters of Fiddler on the Roof after the curtain falls.”
The musical is based on the Tevye stories by Yiddish-language author Sholom Aleichim, especially Tevye and His Seven Daughters. It tells the story of a Russian-Jewish milkman whose daughters challenge his traditions and faith with their unorthodox choice of husbands in the tiny village of Anatevka. At the end of the musical, Tsarist thugs evict all the Jews from Anatevka and they depart for the four corners of the world.
According to publisher’s notes, After Anatevka, “picks up where Fiddler left off. Second-eldest daughter Hodel takes center stage as she attempts to join her Socialist-leaning fiancé Perchik to the outer reaches of a Siberian work camp. But before Hodel and Perchik can finally be together, they both face extraordinary hurdles and adversaries―both personal and political―attempting to keep them apart at all costs.”
The book is available for pre-order on Amazon.
An earlier novel with a similar title, Mitchell G. Bard’s After Anatevka: Tevye in Palestine, was published in 2013.