From room to room, follow one woman’s quest to balance the soul of a poet, the heart of a mother, and dreams that always must be measured against the reality of survival. A must read for anyone who thought they knew where they were going, and ended up somewhere unrecognizable.
Grushin organizes her book around the forty rooms of a woman’s life. From the magical wonder of a mother’s room through the eyes of a child, to the cramped confines and open opportunities of college life, to the growing houses and collapsing world of parenthood, Grushin traces a life with eloquence, beauty and an unflinching look at the internal world. -Ms. Alderman
Olga Grushin was born in Moscow in 1971. After studying art and journalism in Moscow, she was awarded a full scholarship to Emory University in 1989. Her first novel, “The Dream Life of Sukhanov”, earned her a place on Granta’s list of Best Young American Novelists and won her the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award; it was also a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Best First Novel award and for Britain’s Orange Prize. In 2002 she became an American citizen. She lives in Potomac, Maryland.