Connecticut Medicine

With his second novel, Uncertain Journey, our writer-doctor colleague, Dr. James Rouman, has spun a story with several merging strands. A fateful love story of two young people, a Greek-American woman and an Albanian man, each attempting to loosen rigid ties of culture and society. Eudoxia is a woman less interested in a match made in the tradition of her family’s observed culture; Rejep is a young Albanian in flight from poverty and a repressive government. The two meet on neutral ground where empathy leads to friendship, and later, romantic love.
Gathering obstacles to their relationship emerge: the unwillingness of Eudoxia’s mother to even consider a non-Greek son-in-law, and the threatened exposure of Rejep’s illegal presence in America by an angry, perverse tenant living in the condominium building where Rejep works. Hope, formed of friendships offered by Ivany Zoltan, Rejep’s supervisor, Suzie DeWolf, a kinder tenant, and Cosmos, Eudoxia’s father, will not be sufficient to protect Rejep for long before he must leave America. America, a country of immigrants, priding itself as a Welcoming nation, has not been able to find an easy path to citizenship for such a stranger as Rejep.
So the lovers part, exchanging tender words and promises, yielding to the final inevitability. Rejep, the reader knows, will not escape entrapment as he tries to cross into Canada.
A temporary defeat has left a door ajar, and for Dr. Rouman, perhaps the opportunity for a sequel.
—James M. Streeto, MD, Wethersfield, Connecticut Medicine review, September 2011