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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: December 2012 ISBN: 9781469200941
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When Stalina Folskaya flees her native Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, she sets out for America with her dreams — and her painful past — firmly in tow. In St. Petersburg, Stalina was a trained chemist, but in America, disillusioned with her profession, she takes a job as a maid at the Liberty, a seedy, “short-stay” motel on the outskirts of Hartford, Connecticut. Even here, gutsy Stalina sees opportunity, convincing the owner to let her transform the motel into a destination with fantasy settings. Even though her “Rooms for the Imaginative” put the American dream within her sights, the ghosts of her past will not go quietly. Obsessed with the desire to avenge her family while also longing for a new life in her new land, Stalina must choose between her obligations to the past and her hopes for the future. Stalina is a remarkable immigrant’s tale about a woman whose imagination — and force of personality — will let her stop at nothing. “Stalina is a highly accomplished, imaginative work, an impressive debut. Emily Rubin is a writer to watch.” — Jonathan Baumbach, author of B “Emily Rubin’s Stalina is an engaging international epic, a funny feminist treatise and a wise and emotionally satisfying serious novel all at the same time.” — Susan Shapiro, author of Overexposed and Speed Shrinking Download and start listening now!

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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.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marti | 2/22/2013

    " This was a weird little novel. There were some funny parts and some serious parts, but there didn't seem to be a clear story line with a problem, climax and solution. The main character, Stalina seemed to meander about sharing information as she came to it without a rhyme or reason. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 2/11/2013

    " Just OK. I did learn a little about life in Russia.. "

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About the Author

Emily Rubin’s fiction has been published in the Red Rock Review, Confrontations, and HAPPY. She is the recipient of the first annual Sarah Verdone Writers Award and a Pushcart Prize nominee. In 2005, she began producing Dirty Laundry: Loads of Prose, a reading series that takes place in Laundromats around the United States. She divides her time between New York City and Columbia County, New York with her husband, Leslie, and their dog, Sebastian.

About the Narrator

Laural Merlington is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator with over two hundred titles to her credit. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She teaches college in her home state of Michigan.