What's going on in post-Soviet Russia in the 1990s, as the Yeltsin government struggles to control crime and corruption in the Wild West of the East. ? Julia Gousseva's Struggling to Survive puts you in the midst of the glitz and turmoil, the heartache, the disorientation as, crushed by her husband's death in a submarine, Anya returns to Moscow that becomes more alien every day.Out of place and desperately poor, and with a baby daughter in tow, Anya seeks help from her best friend Katia. Katia's drastic ideas offer risk and dangerous choices -- and an encounter with the unexpected.
Gousseva's writing is a pleasure to read, and she delivers her insights into Russian culture through the eyes of a widowed young mother with grace and empathy.