Title: “One More Year“
Author: Sana Krasikov
Format: Paperback ARC
Number of Pages: 240
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Date of Publication: August 12, 2008 (TODAY!)
5 stars: I wish there were more stories!
“At one in the morning, Maia awakens to a deep winter chill, sits up, and pulls a scratchy wool blanket over her comforter. In another two hours, she knows, she’ll wake up again, this time damp in her flannel gown as the radiator blasts hot air.”
(“One More Year” pg 30*)
I’ve never been a fan of short stories. I’ve tried to read a few, including some that are praised continuously- such as those by Flannery O’Conner. I could never get into them! There are only a few short pages for the audience to get to know the characters, and it never seems like enough time for me. So even before picking up this book, I was already thinking negatively about it, and I was sure I wasn’t going to like it. This was just another collection of short stories that would leave me wondering why I read it in the first place. Well, “One More Year” happily proved me wrong.
Sana Krasikov’s book contains eight stories, many of which involve characters from the former Soviet Union, Russia, and/or Georgia. It’s oddly fitting that I began to read this book at the same time that Russia invaded Georgia. I was unable to shake that information as I read, and couldn’t help but feel an even deeper connection to Krasikov’s characters. Krasikov herself grew up in the former of Soviet Republic of Georgia, and I’m sure she wasn’t expecting these events to unfold right as her book went on sale.
One of my favorite stories is “Maia in Yonkers” which tells the story of a woman and her son who comes to visit her. To me it starts slow and doesn’t really evolve until the son actually arrives, but the interaction between mother and son is fantastic. The ending is perfect, and I wish I could write more about it, but I’ll stop now so I don’t spoil those who haven’t yet read this book.
I would definitely recommend this book. Once a short story hater, I have now been converted! Sana Krasikov’s stories draw you in. You feel for her characters, which to me proves that Krasikov has succeeded where many have failed. Pick this one up today! You can purchase it from Amazon here.
*these lines may change in the final publication of the book
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