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A mesmerising memoir of a childhood in Soviet Russia
Elena Gorokhova grew up in St Petersburg, Russia, although for most of her life it was known as Leningrad. At the age of twenty-four she married an American and came to the United States with one twenty-kilogram suitcase to start a new life. Now Elena is a writer and lives in New Jersey.
"This is a rich experience - a personal journey paralleled by huge national changes and ending in a deeply satisfying portrait of peace in America" -- Frank McCourt, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Angela's Ashes "The story of a young person of sparkling intelligence, full of curiosity about the world, struggling to grow and blossom under a duplicitous, censorious, and unremittingly mean-minded social system. An enthralling read" -- J.M. Coetzee, winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature "In the spirit of Dostoyevsky, it is an endlessly Russian quest for self-redemption . . . I advise you to read the book. It will give you pleasure" -- Sergei Khruschchev, son of former Soviet Prime Minister Nikita Khrushchev "A Mountain of Crumbs is an exquisitely wrought, tender memoir of growing up in the Soviet Union . . . Gorokhova writes about her life with a novelist's gift for threading motives around the heart of a story, following it's plot with a light touch and unwavering honesty." * The New York Times * "Elena Gorokhova has written the Russian equivalent of Angela's Ashes, an intimate story of growing up into young womanhood told with equal grace and humor" -- Billy Collins, former US Poet Laureate