Forget Russia

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
310 Pages
Reviewed on 10/27/2020
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Author Biography

L. BORDETSKY-WILLIAMS is the author of the memoir, Letters to Virginia Woolf (Hamilton Books, 2005,; The Artist as Outside in the Novels of Toni Morrison and Virginia Woolf (Greenwood Press, 2000); and three poetry chapbooks (The Eighth Phrase (Porkbelly Press 2014), Sky Studies (Finishing Line Press 2014), and In the Early Morning Calling (Finishing Line Press, 2018)). She is a Professor of Literature at Ramapo College of New Jersey and lives in New York City.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Forget Russia is a work of fiction in the historical fiction, family saga, and interpersonal drama sub-genres, and was penned by author L. Bordetsky-Williams. Written for adult reading audiences, the work is accessible to readers of most sensitivity levels and contains a small amount of moderate violence pertinent to the plot. We find ourselves in the year 1980, following the exploits of American college student Anna, whose desire to learn more about her family history takes her on an emotional journey whilst she is studying abroad in Moscow. What follows is a multi-generational tale of culture clashes, family values, and the reality of living in Brezhnev’s Soviet Union.

Author L. Bordetsky-Williams has crafted a historical work that smacks of authenticity on every page, delving ever deeper into the hidden realities of life behind Russia’s Iron Curtain, and what it means to try to engage with other cultures and discover your true identity as an adult. One of the things which I found most impressive about the work was the narrative style, which perfectly balances the immersion into the scene via atmospheric details and clever exposition, with the presence of character, emotion, and interaction. We really get to know Anna and the family as the generations expand and, though the plot is filled with interesting twists, we never lose sight of the ‘Russian soul’ of the story, and the looming sense of dread and disquiet. Overall, I would highly recommend Forget Russia for historical and cultural fiction fans: an accomplished and very engrossing read.