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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!
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   very sensitive (sigh) Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Russian Strong "rags to riches" component?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Conflict:    -   Environmental Disaster

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker


Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   little dialog

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