Dima’s having a birthday and getting drunk! Meanwhile, on the other side of the Berlin Wall, angry voices fill Ian with desperation. For him, helping the young man he loves is simple. But it isn’t. Not at all.
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Raised as I was during the Cold War when Russia and Russians were demonized in the United States, one of the things that surprised me the most about real Russian culture was how much of it was so similar to ours. (Even the language isn’t as foreign as I thought, but that’s another story.)
Russians of the Soviet era threw birthday parties and ate cake. They gathered in the kitchen with close family and celebrated their lives. They indulged their children. I’m sure none of that should have surprised me, but it did. For readers who don’t remember the Cold War, reading “Moon Over” may feel different than for readers who grew up with the very wrong idea that Russians tended to be cold hearted, unemotional, and cruel.
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