Synopses & Reviews
andlt;iandgt;A Mountain of Crumbsandlt;/iandgt; is the moving story of a young Soviet girl's discovery of the hidden truths of adulthood and her country's profound political deception. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Elena, born with a desire to explore the world beyond her borders, finds her passion in the complexity of the English language -- but in the Soviet Union of the 1960s, such a passion verges on the subversive. Elena's home is no longer the majestic Russia of literature or the tsars. Instead, it is a nation humiliated by its first faltering steps after World War II, putting up appearances for the sake of its regime and fighting to retain its pride. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; In this deeply affecting memoir, Elena re-creates the world that both oppressed and inspired her. She recounts stories passed down to her about the horrors of the Bolshevik Revolution and probes the daily deprivations and small joys of her family's bunkerlike existence. Through Elena's captivating voice, we learn not only the personal story of Russia in the second half of the twentieth century, but also the story of one rebellious citizen whose love of a foreign language finally transports her to a new world.
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
Elena Gorokhova grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia,andnbsp;although for most of her life it was known to her as Leningrad. At the age of twenty-four she married an American and came to the United States with only a twenty kilogram suitcase to start a new life. The bestselling author of andlt;iandgt;A Mountain of Crumbsandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Russian Tattooandlt;/iandgt;, she has a Doctorate in Language Education and currentlyandnbsp;lives in New Jersey. Her work has appeared in andlt;iandgt;The New York Timesandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;The Daily Telegraphandlt;/iandgt;, on BBC Radio, and in a number of literary magazines.