Immigration Novel 'Panic in a Suitcase' Unravels the American Dream

In Yelena Akhtiorskaya's clever debut novel, life in the U.S. for the Ukrainian-Jewish immigrant Nasmertov family isn’t exactly the fulfillment of a fantasy.

“Panic in a Suitcase,” by Yelena Akhtiorskaya, Riverhead Books, 307 pages, $27.95