“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.
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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 (2015)

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)

A Mountain of Crumbs (2011)

“…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