Russian Tattoo

Russian Tattoo

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From the bestselling author of A Mountain of Crumbs, a a€œbrilliant and illuminatinga€ (BookPage) portrait of mothers and daughters that reaches from Cold War Russia to modern-day New Jersey to show how the ties that hold you back can also teach you how to start over. Elena Gorokhova moves to the US in her twenties to join her American husband and to break away from her mother, a mirror image of her Soviet Motherland: overbearing, protective, and difficult to leave. Before the birth of Elenaa€™s daughter, her mother comes to help care for the baby and stays for twenty-four years, ordering everyone to eat soup and wear a hat, just as she did in Leningrad. Russian Tattoo is the story of a unique balancing act and a family struggle: three generations of strong women with very different cultural values, all living under the same roof and battling for control. As Elena strives to bridge the gap between the cultures of her past and present and find her place in a new world, she comes to love the fierce resilience of her Soviet mother when she recognizes it in her American daughter. a€œGorokhova writes about her life with a novelista€™s gift, a€ says The New York Times, and her second memoir is filled with empathy, insight, and humor.... a warm jacket. My mother was right, after all, when she told me to pack warm things. ... a€œHow about a down jacket?a€ Andy said. a€œYoua#39;d ... I felt thrilled about wearing down, whatever down was, if Andy thought Ia#39;d look good in it. He thumbedanbsp;...

Title:Russian Tattoo
Author:Elena Gorokhova
Publisher:Simon and Schuster - 2015-01-06


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