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 lives in the Detroit area with her husband and daughter. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago. More information about her work can be found at kseniarychtycka.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Heart felt reading!
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite Crossing the Border is a collection of short stories by Ksenia Rychtycka. The title of this collection itself presents myriad moments in life with nine stories set in Ukraine and reaching to the United States and Greece. Love, disillusionment, tragedy, strength and perseverance are highlighted through an ensemble of relatable characters and themes such as family, politics and self-discovery. Through Rychtycka’s deft prose, the intense emotions that are inevitably felt in the narrative are keenly and clearly portrayed, making the reading engaging. That said, some stories outweigh others and I do have my personal favorites. One of them is ‘Babtsia,’ a story about Lina, who’d arrived from America to visit her grandmother in Ukraine. They bond through old memories, a moving moment that reminds me of my own late grandmother. Readers will relate to Rychtycka’s unflinchingly honest yet sensitive portrayal of sentiments. The collective points of view and the good sense of place left me satisfied. Several characters had stayed with me long after I was done. Some felt carefully polished over a long period of time, as they had a certain level of peculiarity indicating that. This is no surprise though, as Rychtycka herself mentioned in her acknowledgement that “this book has been years in the making.” The bottom line is that all the stories examine what it is to be human and that is always what makes a book compelling to me. I know little about Ukraine and its people. Author Rychtycka let me see the intimate part of the Ukrainian history, culture and its community. This is an excellent collection from Rychtycka and I look forward to her future works.
I really enjoyed these stories! The author focuses on themes of identity, loss and overcoming obstacles in various situations. It was interesting to learn about another culture. The writing is very vivid and draws you right in, bringing characters to life. A book to savor!