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A Mountain of Crumbs: A Memoirby Elena Gorokhova
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Elena Gorokhovaand#8217;s andlt;Iandgt;A Mountain of Crumbs andlt;/Iandgt;is the moving story of a Soviet girl who discovers the truths adults are hiding from her and the lies her homeland lives by.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Elenaand#8217;s country is no longer the majestic Russia of literature or the tsars, but a nation struggling to retain its power and its pride. Born with a desire to explore the world beyond her borders, Elena finds her passion in the complexity of the English languageand#8212;but in the Soviet Union of the 1960s such a passion verges on the subversive. Elena is controlled by the state the same way she is controlled by her mother, a mirror image of her motherland: overbearing, protective, difficult to leave. In the battle between a strong-willed daughter and her authoritarian mother, the daughter, in the end, must break free and leave in order to survive.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Through Elenaand#8217;s captivating voice, we learn not only the stories of Russian family life in the second half of the twentieth century, but also the story of one rebellious citizen whose curiosity and determination finally transport her to a new world. It is an elegy to the lost country of childhood, where those who leave can never return.
Elena Gorokhova grows up in 1960's Leningrad where she discovers that beauty and passion can be found in unexpected places in Soviet Russia.
About the Author
andlt;Bandgt;Elena Gorokhovaandlt;/Bandgt; grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia,andnbsp;although for most of her life it was known to her as Leningrad. At the age ofandnbsp;twenty-four she married an American and came to the United States with only aandnbsp;twenty kilogram suitcase to start a new life.andnbsp;She currentlyandnbsp;lives in New Jersey.
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