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Ksenia Rychtycka's debut collection Crossing the Border illuminates moments of tragedy and triumph, personal discovery and disillusionment, spotlighting characters who, in one form or another, learn to move forward with their lives. Stymied by the lack of progress and change in post-communist Ukraine, Valeriy the artist finds he is unable to paint. Anna is a lonely woman who attends strangers' weddings to offer a curious gift. The arrival of a wayward parakeet during the 2004 Orange Revolution forces an elderly woman into action. These nine stories-set in Ukraine, the United States and Greece-highlight universal conflicts and dilemmas, along with the uncertainties and complexities of change, and introduce a strong new voice in storytelling.
|Publisher:||Mountain Girl Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)|
About the Author
Ksenia Rychtycka was born in Chicago and raised in Hamtramck, Michigan. She is a first-generation Ukrainian-American writer. Ksenia's short stories and poems have appeared in The Dalhousie Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Literary Bohemian, Mused BellaOnline, Wisconsin Review, Yellow Medicine Review, The MacGuffin, and other literary journals and anthologies. Ksenia worked as an editor in Kyiv, Ukraine, from 1996-2000, an experience which inspired several stories in her collection Crossing The Border. The book was selected as a finalist in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Short Story - Fiction category. She also received a five-star review from Readers' Favorite and The Midwest Book Review, which noted that "With a good dose of humor and insight into the lives of Ukrainians, Crossing The Border is a must for any international fiction collection." Ksenia has an MA in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago and a BA in Journalism with a minor in art history from Wayne State University.