Course Description

The acclaimed author of A Mountain of Crumbs and Russian Tattoo returns with her debut historical novel inspired by true events…

In Elena Gorokhova’s critically acclaimed memoirs, A Mountain of Crumbs (2010) and Russian Tattoo (2015), she describes coming of age behind the Iron Curtain, leaving her mother and Motherland for a new life in America, and how that journey was filled with everyday mistakes, small humiliations, and a loss of dignity. Gorokhova lays her life in Russia and America bare in these two nonfiction works with writing that’s been described as “lush and beautiful” (NPR), “evocative” (Elle), and “a master class in memoir writing…Gorokhova writes about her life with a novelist’s gift” (New York Times Book Review).

Now, Elena Gorokhova’s “novelist’s gift” is fully realized in her superb debut novel, A Train To Moscow. A first-generation Russian immigrant, Elena Gorokhova mined her own family history to craft a story that brings to vivid life the harsh realities and complexities of growing up in post-World War II Russia. Her unforgettable cast of characters is largely influenced by these family members as well as by her grandparents and mother, whom she describes as “a mirror image of my motherland: overbearing, protective, difficult to leave.” The book’s characters, and their motivations, feel authentic, because of Gorokhova’s intimate knowledge of their experiences and setting.

Elena Gorokhova was born and raised in Leningrad, now Saint Petersburg, Russia. After graduating from Leningrad University, she moved to the United States, carrying one suitcase with twenty kilograms of what used to be her life. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Daily Beast, New Jersey Monthly, and the Daily Telegraph.

A Train To Moscow “crackles with energy; we come away with a new understanding of why, to [Sasha’s] generation, the arts offered the only road to freedom.” – Nobel Prize winner J.M. Coetzee

Includes Breakfast 

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