The Red Passport A Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year Unpredictable poignant and often comic the eight moving stories that make up The Red Passport investigate the impossible hopes and tragic setbacks of natives

  • Title: The Red Passport
  • Author: Katherine Shonk
  • ISBN: 9780312423315
  • Page: 148
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year Unpredictable, poignant, and often comic, the eight moving stories that make up The Red Passport investigate the impossible hopes and tragic setbacks of natives and foreigners alike in post Soviet Russia From My Mother s Garden, the parable of an old woman who refuses to accept the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster, to The YounA Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year Unpredictable, poignant, and often comic, the eight moving stories that make up The Red Passport investigate the impossible hopes and tragic setbacks of natives and foreigners alike in post Soviet Russia From My Mother s Garden, the parable of an old woman who refuses to accept the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster, to The Young People of Moscow, which describes an extraordinary day in the life of an aging couple selling antiquated Soviet poetry in an underground bazaar, these intricately woven narratives provide unforgettable slices of a Russia that is at once both exotic and disconcertingly familiar.

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    1. This is my book of stories, based on my experiences living in contemporary Russian in the mid-1990s.

    2. The author made a great attempt and a successful one to "decode" what is called a Russian soul. The stories unfold still existing paradigms of the Russian society. They really take you there in the middle of the Moscow underground station or a small apartment in Saint Petersburg- the descriptions are precise and vivid. Even though the book is circling around Russians and life in Russia it's mostly about bitter sweetness of relationships, life choices and everyday experiences. Each story leaves y [...]

    3. I had this book on my shelf for a year before I picked it up to read it. It was a quick read. The book is made up of 8 short stories about post-Soviet life in Russia. Each one of the stories left me me with the feeling of melancholy. If you like books about Eastern Europe this is a nice little book with some great characters. Bravo to the author on some of these characters, they were so true to life.

    4. Eight short stories about New Russia, but more importantly about Russians. It's become such a joke, Soviet to capitalist so quick, but New Russia is rife with social stagnation under all the glitz. These stories are about who they are as a people, where they are going and how they view with new world they live in. It's not happy, it's honest and gritty and that makes it better. More real. More Russian.

    5. I usually don't like short stories, probably because I want to know more. These stories were no exception, I wanted more, more, more! Of the eight stories, six I loved so much I wish they were fleshed out into full novels.

    6. I enjoyed this book of short stories about post Communist Russia even though it was outside my comfort zone. The cool thing is that I went to college with the author and was unaware of her writing talents.

    7. Ms. Shonk- thank you for taking me back. The real presence of Russian people, culture and society were ubiquitous in every one of your wonderfully written stories. The authenticity of your characters, plots, beautifully painted imagery and details, big or small, was beyond impressive and incredibly nostalgic, provoking on several accounts deja vu of my own time living in Russia. The amount of times I paused after reading a passage in your book that was so familiar is completely lost. From your d [...]

    8. Author's bio says nothing about any connection with Russia, yet there must be something given the subject of these stories. Also, at $4 bought on sale in Seattle, the price was right!Well, much time having passed, I have finished this 200 page collection of short stories.The fact that I stopped and started with this is probably the strongest indicator that I wasn't all that taken with this collection. The stories all are set in either post-Soviet Ukraine or Russia. The stories are fine individua [...]

    9. This volume of short stories is set in post-Communist Russia. Americans wander through each story, and the Russians resent them for their excess of money, of leisure, of compassion. In one story, a grandmother moves back to her home near Chernobyl. She can't understand why her family tells her not to live there, why she can't eat those onions in her garden. Why, look at them! They've never grown so robustly before! Another story is about a mail-order bride, returning to care for a sick relative. [...]

    10. I loved Katherine Shonk's collection of short stories set in Russia. Although I haven't visited post-Soviet Russia (I was there during the last month of the USSR, though), from her stories I feel as though I witnessed it first hand. Her speciality is relationships: between Americans and Russians, older Russians and younger Russians, and combinations of the these. Shonk was fortunate to live in Russia during its transition into the 21st century and has so effectively captured that time in The Red [...]

    11. Katherine Shonk’s short stories—mostly told from an American perspective—take place in post-Communist Russia. I was particularly struck by the story "Our American" as two young Russian men fall in love with an American girl—or, rather, they fall in love with the possibility of her rescuing them from the desperation of their current circumstances. The authenticity of this story is resounding; I couldn’t stop thinking about it for days. I even reread the story—something I rarely do.

    12. This book was just okay. My two favorite stories in it were "My Mother's Garden" (which deals with Chernobyl) and "The Wooden Village of Kizhi" (which deals with emigration and mail-order brides!). The writing was quite good; it's just that some of these stories didn't touch me the way they did when I first read them years ago.

    13. These didn't get there for me.They're decent snapshots of what I imagine it would be like to live in Russia, but they didn't quite work as stories.On the other hand, I found the book on a bargain table at Chapters for $1, so no harm no foul.

    14. A wonderful collection of short stories set in 1990's Russia. Their life circumstances are different, their way of looking at life is different, but the characters are still real human beings with whom we relate and for whom we have feelings. Definitely deserved its 'Best Book' designation.

    15. All standouts but exceptionally, the first 5 stories are unforgettable, to mention 'Our American' which reads like a novel cut off short. I love this collection. :)

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