Have you ever spent an hour with somebody and and realized you were meant for each other? Has attraction ever pulled you so close that BOTH of you felt it like a magnet without having to talk about it?
Ian and Dima are living that moment right now in West Berlin’s Green Week ’89. But will Ian be brave (or foolish) enough to accept Dima’s East Berlin home phone number?
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One Lonely Russian, One American, One Phone Number
Moon over Berlin, Sun over Santorini: B1C3
Y’all, right up through the end of this chapter, the Green Week story is essentially non-fiction. I really did meet Dima at Green Week, and we really did connect powerfully. We were both wide-eyed and homesick, if for very different homes. Did he really give me his phone number? Hmmmm, well, he offered. I think I’ll keep my response private. This novel is a tale of better angels.
Oh, and the Rat Lady? Anybody who spent much time in 80s-era Kreutzberg (not an edgy, artsy Berlin neighborhood then, just poor and Turkish) would probably recognize her. I often ran into her on the streets or in the subways, and she attracted and repulsed me at the same time. Well, her rat repulsed me. I learned later that she considered her choice of pet to be an act of performance art. OK, maybe Kreutzberg was already edgy and artsy!
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