Lead Review

  • Book: A Mountain of Crumbs: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain
  • Location: Russia
  • Author: Elena Gorokhova



Gorokhova’s beautiful understated portrait of her childhood … her evocation of her formidable mother – who asks Stalin personally for funds for a maternity ward, and gets them – is among the memorable gems of her deceptively masterful tale.’ –Sunday Times

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A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

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