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Struggling to Survive: A story of love, crime, and deception in the new…

by Julia Gousseva

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I am delighted to discover the next volume in the Anya Series, as I fell in love with the character in Volume I, which gave me a unique insight into Russian life during one of the most drastic political, economic, and social upheavals: the disintegration and ultimately the collapse of the Soviet Union. Set against this tubulent background, rife with confusion about Russia’s future, here is the quiet, lovely voice of Anya, as she goes through her coming of age. In Struggling to Survive, Anya is learning to cope as a mother facing many challenges.

The writing fleshes out the Russian landscape, and it is dynamic from the start. The book opens with a haunting nightmare of disaster, as she frets what may happen to her husband: “As she reached for Yuri, the submarine behind him exploded into a gigantic fireball, quickly ungluing Yuri in a cloud of black smoke and red fire.” When her premonition comes true, we watch her coping with grief. “He promised to take care of her and protect her. Now, everything was different, as Anya had to take care of and protect her young child.”

Her determination to survive is fascinating as we watch her learning to change with the time and maturing. No longer a child, she moves from the Russia to Poland and China, deals with challenging new situations as this story is expanded in scope and becomes a fast pace thriller, to the point that longing for peace is expressed with a little wink: “You can spend time with Larisa and me if you don’t mind our slow pace.”

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  Uvi_Poznansky | May 8, 2015 |
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