B00X1YKOB2-original“Struggling to Survive: A story of love, crime, and deception in the new Russia (Anya Series Book 2)” by Julia Gousseva is the long awaited sequel to Anya’s Story. Now a single mother and widow in the ever changing new Russia Anya meets her old friend Katia, who helps her make a living on the edge of legality. People are struggling to survive, as the title so rightfully says. The picture of life in Moscow with its supply issues, market forces, economics and criminals is very well depicted and made me realise how much I take for granted in my own life and how little I knew about living in a corrupt environment.
A great story that is eye opening on a cultural and sociological scale but also a very good story when it comes to Anya and her life story and her love life. Her ex-boyfriend Victor reappears in this story although, again, things are not straightforward at all.
Excellent sub-plots touch on Afghanistan under Russian rule and the drug trade.
Gousseva has once again delivered a very readable and gripping book that will tear on your heartstrings and shed light on life in Moscow after Communism.
I have a penchant for books set in foreign countries and this is one of the best I read in that genre for a while. I hope there will be more in the series.


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Julia Gousseva

Julia Gousseva was born and raised in Russia when it was still a part of the Soviet Union, or USSR. For a long time, Russia was hidden behind the Iron Curtain and had a mysterious image of the Evil Empire to many Westerners, specifically Americans. But Russia was a mystery not just to outsiders, but to its own people as well. One of Julia’s college history professors used to refer to Russia as a country with unpredictable past. Why? Because every time a new leader came to power, all state-issued history books were changed and rewritten. And all history books were state-issued.Julia’s novel MOSCOW DREAMS is set in Russia and presents life from the perception of everyday people whose lives were dramatically altered by events that have changed and are still changing Russia. Julia’s short story collection titled TWELVE MONTHS OF THE SOVIET CHILDHOOD shows life in the Soviet Union before the changes and offer a child’s perspective. Her children’s stories put whimsical characters from old Russian fairy-tales in modern circumstances for today’s kids.
Moscow Dreams on your Amazon site: http://bookShow.me/B00ALGW286

Spotlight on Julia Gousseva 

Link to my previous post on Julia

Link to my review of Anya’s Story

Link to Author Wednesday with Julia Gousseva

Review of Gray Shadows by Julia Gousseva