One More Year is KILLING me. I completely empathize with the characters but MAN! I know that my immigrant experience is very much NOT typical and that for a lot of newcomers to America, life here is not so much about opportunity and collecting meaningful experiences but, rather, about SURVIVAL. But still. I need some relief.
If you need a break, take a look at these beautiful video stills from my favorite Russian film: Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears.
Now. If you did read the book do share what you thought! The female characters are magnificent, aren't they? Sooo pragmatic. Sooo practical. Sooo strong and self-sacrificing. They struck me as VERY Eastern European and I felt so drawn to them! I KNOW these women. Hi Mom. Hi Grandma. Hi Aunt Vera.
At the same time, the "American" in me couldn't help but eye-roll. Stop with the martyrdom already. All of you. ENOUGH. The fact that you can be THAT strong doesn't mean that you HAVE TO. And plus, who asked that of you anyway?!