A debut novel you will find more than merely engrossing. Sweeping from Russia to Havana to New York, from a barren Siberian orphanage to a sleazy Florida strip club to the pampered quiet of upper-crust New York. The story of Julian the Russian orphan, Perla the Cuban pole dancer, and Sophie the devoted but tragically damaged wife, will steal your heart. Each character is realized separately and surgically clean, the individual stories told in first person, close, candid, with no artifice or hesitation. Clever, intimate, graphic, revealing. It's a 4.5, one you'll be sure to enjoy. Minor sexual description, but nothing graphic or insulting.
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