Inspired by the Chernobyl disaster, the novel describes the results on a small nearby village. One family, in particular the aged mother, is followed through the confusion and disruption. Marusia defies the Soviet government's permanent evacuation of her village, returns and lives in poverty and isolation until, in the end, five intrepid old village women survive together. Although many events are disastrous, the women demonstrate the resilience and poignancy of the human spirit. Would you be so courageous in similar circumstances? Makes the reader think!
This report prepared by Marney