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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (100 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Emily Rubin Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When Stalina Folskaya flees her native Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union, she sets out for America with her dreams, and her painful past, firmly in tow. A trained chemist in Russia but disillusioned by her prospects in the United States, she becomes a maid at the Liberty, a “short-stay” motel on the outskirts of Hartford, Connecticut.

But even at the Liberty gutsy Stalina sees opportunity, convincing the owner to let her transform the motel into a fantasy destination. Business skyrockets and the American dream is within her sights, but she cannot escape the ghosts she left behind in St. Petersburg. Obsessed with avenging her family while also longing for a new life, Stalina must choose between the obligations of the past and her hopes for the future.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A highly accomplished, imaginative work, an impressive debut. Emily Rubin is a writer to watch.”

    Jonathan Baumbach, author of B

  • “A quirky and wonderful new voice in American fiction. Emily Rubin’s wise and funny debut is a fresh take on the immigrant story, a new angle on the joy and pain of change.”

    Sam Lipsyte, author of The Ask

  • “A marvelous, captivating debut novel.”

    Russian Life Magazine

  • “Mordantly funny, deliciously human, Rubin’s tale of a self-possessed survivor brings zest to the literature of immigration and adaptation.”


Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by liirogue | 10/14/2013

    " I just couldn't get into this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Paul Richardson | 9/27/2013

    " A marvelous, captivating novel. Reviewing this for Russian Life, so will copy the whole review here after that is to press... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rita | 9/3/2013

    " I thought this book was interesting and engaging, but I also felt that it missed a certain excitement factor. Some of the interactions with the main character and other characters fell short and could have had more depth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by J.R. | 3/16/2013

    " I find it good to read stuff out of my usual comfort zone. This was there and yet it was still very pleasnt to read. I enjoyed the style in which Rubin brought detail to it. "

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