A Mountain of Crumbs


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moc-coverA Mountain of Crumbs

A Mountain of Crumbs is the story of a young Soviet girl’s discovery of the hidden truths of adulthood and her country’s profound, brazen lies.  The narrator recreates the world that both oppressed and inspired her.  She recounts stories passed down to her about the horrors of Stalin’s terror and the Great Patriotic War and probes the daily deprivations and small joys of her family’s life in Leningrad.

Through the narrator’s captivating voice, we learn not only the story of Russian life in the second half of the twentieth century, but also the story of one rebellious citizen whose love of a foreign language finally transports her into a new world.

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A Mountain of Crumbs is:

  • Among J.M. Coetzee’s Top Reads of 2011
  • 9 weeks on the Globe and Mail bestseller list in Canada in the spring of 2011
  • New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice
  • BookPage’s Top 10 Books of 2010
  • Book of the Week on BBC Radio
  • An Indie Next List selection
  • Among 10 Books to Watch for in O:The Oprah Magazine
  • Among 10 Best Mothers Day Books of 2010 in the Christian Science Monitor
  • Published in the UK, Germany, Italy and is forthcoming in China