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