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Russian tattoo: a memoir

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Simon & Schuster
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2015
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"An exquisite portrait of mothers and daughters that reaches from Cold War Russia to modern-day New Jersey, from the author of A Mountain of Crumbs--the memoir that 'leaves you wanting more' (The Daily Telegraph, UK). In A Mountain of Crumbs Elena Gorokhova describes coming of age behind the Iron Curtain and leaving her mother and her Motherland for a new life in the United States. Now, in Russian Tattoo, Elena learns that the journey of an immigrant is filled with everyday mistakes, small humiliations, and a loss of dignity. Cultural disorientation comes in the form of not knowing how to eat a hamburger, buy a pair of shoes, or catch a bus. But through perseverance and resilience, Elena gradually adapts to her new country. With the simultaneous birth of her daughter and the arrival of her Soviet mother, who comes to the US to help care for her granddaughter and stays for twenty-four years, it becomes the story of a unique balancing act and a family struggle. Russian Tattoo is a poignant memoir of three generations of strong women with very different cultural values, all living under the same roof and battling for control. Themes of separation and loss, grief and struggle, and power and powerlessness run throughout this story of growing understanding and, finally, redemption. 'Gorokhova writes about her life with a novelist's gift,' says The New York Times, and her latest offering is filled with empathy, insight, and humor"--
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subject_facetGorokhova, Elena
Gorokhova, Elena -- Family
Immigrants -- United States -- Biography
Intergenerational relations -- United States
Mothers and daughters -- United States
Russian Americans -- Biography
Russians -- United States -- Biography
Women -- United States -- Biography
title_displayRussian tattoo : a memoir
title_fullRussian Tattoo A Memoir
Russian tattoo : a memoir / Elena Gorokhova
title_shortRussian tattoo
title_suba memoir
topic_facetBiography & Autobiography
Family
Gorokhova, Elena
History
Immigrants
Intergenerational relations
Mothers and daughters
Nonfiction
Russian Americans
Russians
Women