my take: I loved Olga Grushin’s first novel, The Dream Life of Sukhanov, and this is equally fabulous. The story of the line that forms for … nobody’s quite sure what, but in Russia, the characters take the opportunity to imagine something good coming from waiting for whatever it might be.
As story lines/lives intersect, happiness is sought and lost, hopes are raised and … hey, it’s Russia …  dashed.
Wonderfully written and should be on your ‘to read’ list.
my source: Heard about it at the FF&W from Olga herself and then Annie brought it to the cottage … sorry, it was a library book
recommend: Book Chicks everywhere; Book clubs
rating: A
genre: contemporary American