"You can't make this stuff up." So says American writer, imperial Russia enthusiast, and veteran expatriate, Jennifer Eremeeva, who has lived for the last 20 years in Russia with HRH, her Handsome Russian Husband (occasionally a.k.a. Horrible Russian Husband) and their growing daughter. Luckily for Eremeeva, she didn't need to make up most of the events that inspired this, her first work of fiction. When she (and her alter-ego heroine, coincidentally named Jennifer) quit her job to write full time, she became enthralled with the dingy gray building across the courtyard from her apartment, where, it turned out, Vladimir Lenin's embalmed corpse was routinely freshened up and preserved. The result is Lenin Lives Next Door: Marriage, Martinis, and Mayhem in Moscow.
Based on Eremeeva's two decades in Russia, Lenin Lives Next Door knits together vignettes of cross-cultural and expatriate life with sharp observation, colorful historical background, and engaging humor. Each thematic chapter is an anecdotal exploration of an aspect of life in today's Russia, told with the help of a recurring cast of eccentric Russian and expat characters.
Lenin Lives Next Door introduces listeners to Russians in their everyday milieu: at their dachas, in three-day traffic jams, and celebrating their 300-plus public and professional holidays with mayonnaise-based salads. Lenin Lives Next Door is an inside look at Russia by a recovering Russophile.
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Jennifer E. is a fabulous writer and narrator!
Oh but how I loved this book. I adored Ms. Eremeeva's witty repartee on every topic, from huband's work antics to the disconsolate waitress to airport antics. I would have enjoyed listening to more of Ms. Eremeeva's stories and less of Russian history, but she was writing for context and I understand this.
I was not aware that Ms. Eremeeva narrated any other book! She is definitely in my top 5 of narrators. Great voice, great great cadence, I really felt her passion and energy.
This felt so first person, I didn't pull out characters. I really enjoyed Ms. Eremeeva's stories and voicing of her gay friend.
Lenin lives next door