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Publisher's Summary

Sana Krasikov's short-story collection has won widespread accolades and earmarked the author as a writer of immense promise. In these affecting tales, Russian and Georgian immigrants find love and fear in their new homeland.
©2008 Sana Krasikov; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"In her stunning short story debut, Krasikov hones in on the subtleties of hope and despair that writhe in the hearts of her protagonists." (Publishers Weekly)
"Many of Krasikov's characters in her captivating debut are immigrants of the former Soviet Union, searching for, and often finding, resilience in life and love. In the heartrending 'Maia in Yonkers', Maia, a Georgian immigrant, scrupulously plans her son's visit to New York, where she works as a caretaker. When the two embark on a tour of the city, the tension between Maia's expectations for her son and his juvenile indifference swells to an anxious climax. 'The Alternate' follows Victor as he comes to term with the life he left behind during a dinner with the brash American daughter of his former Russian lover. In 'Debt', Lev, a loving uncle who built a new life in America, struggles with a request from his wayward niece, Sonya, who only appears in her uncle's life when she is in need. Krasikov's careful prose augments the quiet complexity of her characters as they confront love and loss within an unfamiliar landscape. Despite their melancholic situations, the protagonists in these eight tales still manage to find moments of reckoning and grace." (Booklist)
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