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Reyn, Irina, author. (Author).
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  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crookston Public Library REY (Text) 33500013019286 New Checked out 08/30/2019
Moorhead Public Library REY (Text) 33500013019294 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250076045
  • ISBN: 1250076048
  • Physical Description: 276 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2019.

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: Nadia's daily life in south Brooklyn is filled with small indignities: as a senior home attendant, she is always in danger of being fired; as a part-time nanny, she is forced to navigate the demands of her spoiled charge and the preschooler's insecure mother; and as an ethnic Russian, she finds herself feuding with western Ukrainian immigrants who think she is a traitor. The war back home is always at the forefront of her reality. On television, Vladimir Putin speaks of the "reunification" of Crimea and Russia, the Ukrainian president makes unconvincing promises about a united Ukraine, while American politicians are divided over the fear of immigration. Nadia internalizes notions of "union" all around her, but the one reunion she has been waiting six years for - with her beloved daughter - is being eternally delayed by the Department of Homeland Security. When Nadia finds out that her daughter has lost access to the medicine she needs to survive, she takes matters into her own hands. -- from

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 November #1
    Being a single mother is difficult enough, but Nadia Andreevna has it many orders of magnitude worse. The Brooklyn resident is trying to make ends meet through various jobs as a care provider, but she understandably can't distance herself from the war-torn Ukraine she had to flee from as a refugee. Worse, due to complications during the asylum process, Nadia had to leave her diabetic daughter, Larisska, back in the home country. Hanging on to a sliver of hope, Nadia longs for a way to accelerate her daughter's arrival in the U.S., but the wait is interminable, and during that separation, Larisska has grown into her own willful person. The story, switching between Brooklyn, Ukraine, and Russia, is ungainly and often veers into melodrama, leaving the characters with little room for growth. Yet Reyn (The Imperial Wife, 2016) delivers an elegiac look at the rootlessness that accompanies immigration while also tenderly capturing long-distance mothering and the challenges that all parents face when letting go engenders a terrible sense of powerlessness. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Irina Reyn is the author of What Happened to Anna K and The Imperial Wife. She is also the editor of the anthology Living on the Edge of the World: New Jersey Writers Take on the Garden State. She has reviewed books for the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, The Forward, and other publications. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in One Story, Tin House, Ploughshares, Town & Country Travel and Poets & Writers. She teaches fiction writing at the University of Pittsburgh. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Brooklyn, NY.

Subject: Immigrants > Fiction.
Mothers and daughters > Fiction.
Ukrainians > United States > Fiction.
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) > Fiction.
Ukraine > Fiction.
Immigrants > Fiction.
Ukrainians > Fiction.
Mothers and daughters > Fiction.
Ukraine > Fiction.
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) > Fiction.
Mothers and daughters.
New York (State) > New York > Brooklyn.
United States.
Genre: Domestic fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Domestic fiction.

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