“Gorokhova writes about her life with a novelist’s gift.”
The New York Times Book Review
“Spellbinding, poignant, breathtaking. Elena Gorokhova’s first novel explores the meaning of truth, art, and the cost of secrets under the Soviet regime.”
— Lara Prescott, New York Times bestselling author of The Secrets We Kept.
“With skill and eloquence, Elena Gorokhova lays bare the complexities of growing up in post WWII Russia in this powerful story of tangled passions and deep-rooted loyalties.”
— Susan Meissner, best-selling author of The Nature of Fragile Things.
“Russian Tattoo completes the task of nostalgia and self-examination. … Full of vivid imagery and memorable description, this is a wonderful trip into existential bewilderment. … As a sequel or a stand-alone, Russian Tattoo is compelling, colourful 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. … Gorokhova writes about her life with a novelist’s gift for threading motives around the heart of a story. … Each chapter distills a new revelation in poetic prose. …This moving memoir made me cry.”– The New York Times Book Review