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Sana Krasikov’s short story collection has won widespread accolades and earmarked the author as a writer of immense promise. In these affecting tales, she illuminates the lives of immigrants from across the terrain of a collapsed Soviet Empire. With novelistic scope, Krasikov captures the fates of people—in search of love and prosperity—making their way in a world whose rules have changed. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A brilliant new writers whose characters are gloriously brought to life with humor, sympathy, and unexpected tenderness.”

    Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner

  • “Krasikov’s memorable character emerge, fully formed and breathing on their own, from a deep, clear pool of seemingly effortless language, a knowing and incisive but empathetic sensibility. There stories are original, resplendent, and brilliant.”

    Kate Christensen, New York Times bestselling author of The Great Man

  • “Krasikov’s cast of exiles, refugees, and repatriates are also, more fundamentally, people moving in and out of love—or what passes for it. She has written a sensitive book about the economics of relationships: how they can become subtle transactions by people trying to pull off the trick of occupying more than one place and more than one time.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[A] stunning debut collection.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Krasikov’s clear eye and economy of expression serve her purpose well, conveying whole lifetimes of grief and ambition in a few words. America—a country in the grip of a ‘fantasy of itself,’ as she puts it—needs more writers like her.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Extraordinary…It is one thing (often a writer’s self-flattery) to present characters in complex distress as if they were specimens. It’s something else to stand alongside them, not with sentiment but with humility, with a kind of emotional and spiritual solidarity. Krasikov achieves this, and we’re larger for it.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Shrewdly humane and formally exquisite…Krasikov is as good as Junot Díaz and Jhumpa Lahiri.”

    Miami Herald

  • “With great tenderness Krasikov reminds us that the immigrant cannot leave their personality, or their family, behind when they leave the old country. I can’t think when I’ve read a writer who has more effectively and subtly portrayed the relief and torture that the age of the cheap intercontinental phone call has brought. In Krasikov’s hands, even committing to love and be loved can be an act of emigration.”

    James Meek, author of The People’s Act of Love

  • A 2009 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award Finalist
  • An Indie Next Notable Title, September 2008

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jim | 2/13/2014

    " A collection of stories relating the bleak stark, lives of immigrants from the former Soviet Union in Urban America. The dislocation between their current dreary lives and their aspirations is jarring. I read the French translation entitled "L'an prochain a Tbilissi" and the book may have lost something in translation, I found it difficult to get into the stories. These stories are often a sad portrait of those in search of a better life, finding things are so much more difficult in a country not your own, and there is a nostalgic longing for the home country, be it Russia or Georgia or another of the ex soviet states. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Judy | 2/4/2014

    " A wonderful collection of short stories about immigrants from the former Soviet Union who are three-dimensional and live in two time zones. Krasikov is a wonderful writer who mines details that turn out to be gold nuggets. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Elena Bruck | 2/2/2014

    " Chechovian in its detached detail, and deeply touching stories about the lives of Russian immigrants in the US that make one reflect upon human nature in general and suffer fro nostalgia if you happen to come from the former Soviet Union "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Abby Sominski | 1/30/2014

    " I am glad I picked up this book when I did, due to recent events my interest in Russia was piqued. This author writes beautiful stories mostly about women in America trying to improve their situations but yearning for their past and to be with the people they love. I look forward to the author's first novel. "

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About the Author

Sana Krasikov’s debut short story collection, One More Year, released in 2008, first drew critical raves for its exploration of the lives of Russian and Georgian immigrants who had settled in the United States. It was later named a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Hemingway Award and The New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, received a National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35” Award, and won the 2009 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. In these stories, which appeared first in the New Yorker, Atlantic, and other magazines, one catches a glimpse of the new genuinely twenty-first century moment that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union. Krasikov was born in the Ukraine and grew up in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia and New York.