“Gorokhova writes about her life with a novelist’s gift.”

The New York Times Book Review

“An intimate and unforgettable picture of Russian society in the decades after 1945.” 

J.M. Coetzee, winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize for Literature

“Spellbinding, poignant, breathtaking.” 

Lara Prescott, New York Times best-selling author of The Secrets We kept
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“A superb and memorable debut.”

Susan Meissner, bestselling author of The Nature of Fragile Things

“A taut, high-wire masterpiece… An unforgettable portrait of artistic struggle, strangled love, and undying hope.”

Kate Quinn, New York Times best-selling author of The Alice Network


“As a sequel or a stand-alone, Russian Tattoo is compelling, colorful and hugely enjoyable.”

– The Guardian (UK)

“Her exquisitely wrought, tender memoir of growing up in the Soviet Union… could be taught as a master class in memoir writing.”

– The New York Times Book Review