San Francisco Book Review calls Lily “A Beautiful Tribute.”

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016 in Lily of the Valley Reviews, Reviews

This heartfelt saga in verse form is about five generations of women’s journeys from Russia’s persecuting pogroms of the 1890s to America during the 2000s, including Ellis Island and New York’s Lower East Side sweatshops. The story is broken up into five parts, one for each of the women’s generation. The story begins and ends […]

Kirkus Reviews rates Lily of the Valley “a gorgeously designed and illustrated book.”

A verse narrative follows the fortunes of a Jewish family through five generations after it immigrates to the United States. In 1892, a Russian Jewish couple suffer a horrifying loss when their baby is murdered by Cossacks in a pogrom. They send their two remaining children, Basya and Laili, to the United States, because “in […]

Foreword Reviews gives Lily of the Valley a five star review

Posted by on Feb 14, 2016 in Lily of the Valley Reviews

Lily of the Valley is an elegantly bound poetic volume that celebrates the varied inheritances of Jewish American women with poignancy. Lily of the Valley is Xianna Michaels’s graceful and affecting poetic saga, the story of five generations of Jewish American women navigating the promises of the New World. The volume opens on a pogrom […]