Sana Krasikov is a brilliant new writer. The stories of One More Year are populated by imperfect characters who always surprise, and who are gloriously brought to life with humor, sympathy, and unexpected tenderness
Khaled Hosseini, author of THE KITE RUNNER and A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS
With great tenderness Krasikov reminds us that the immigrant cannot leave their personality behind when they leave the old country; and, these days, the immigrant cannot leave their family, either. 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
The debut of a major literary voice shaped by the literary traditions of both America and Russia
Yiyun Li, Guardian Prize-winning author of A THOUSAND YEARS OF GOOD PRAYERS
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‘A sweeping, colourful read’ Mail on Sunday
Lose yourself in the irresistable story of one woman’s journey through 20th-century Russia.
Growing up in 1930s Brooklyn, Florence Fein will do anything to escape the confining values of her family and her city, and create a life of meaning and consequence. When a new job and a love affair lead her to Moscow, she doesn’t think twice about abandoning America – only to discover, years later, that America has abandoned her.
Now, as her son Julian travels back to Moscow – entrusted to stitch together a murky transcontinental oil deal – he must dig into Florence’s past to discover who his mother really was and what she became. He must also persuade his own son, Lenny, to abandon his risky quest for prosperity in the cut-throat Russian marketplace. As he traces a thread from Depression-era America, through the collective housing and work camps of Stalin’s USSR, to the glittering, oil-rich world of New Russia, Julian finally begins to understand the role he has played – as a father, and as a son.
Epic in sweep and intimate in detail, The Patriots is both a compelling portrait of the entangled relationship between America and Russia, and a beautifully crafted story of three generations of one family caught between the forces of history and the consequences of past choices.
Sana Krasikov on Granta.com
Fiction | Granta 139
‘I wonder if the only way to grasp what is terrifying and unimaginable for those of us who haven’t experienced it is to feel around the contours of inescapability, the boundary of its negative space.’