Expulsion & Other Stories

Expulsion & Other Stories

by Marina Sonkina
Expulsion & Other Stories

Expulsion & Other Stories

by Marina Sonkina


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Expulsion&Other Stories consists of two parts: a novella followed by a group of short stories. But the main protagonists have one thing in common: they are all women coming of age in difficult times. In the short stories, set in post-Stalinist Russia, the women are confronted by dictatorship's mundane face -- a minor bureaucrat, a school teacher, a doctor. Nobody spells out the rules of survival to the young girls and women, yet each learns to play -- or pays the price, that of facing “expulsion”. The novella “Face” shares a similar motif of expulsion but takes the reader to a different place -- the urban sprawl and property greed of modern Vancouver.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781550719468
Publisher: Guernica Editions Inc
Publication date: 10/01/2015
Series: Essential Prose Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 136
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Marina Sonkina was born in Moscow, Russia. She taught literature and linguistics at Moscow State University till she escaped - with two then small sons and two suitcases - the Soviet Union. It took her more than a decade to settle into English before she dared to brave its waters with pen in hand. She lived in Toronto and Montreal where she worked as a CBC producer and broadcaster, documentary film researcher and translator. She taught Humanities at Dawson and Vanier College in Montreal and now shares her time between teaching at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia as well as writing. She has published two collections of short stories and two children's books. Marina lives in Vancouver.

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She was the first one to respond to my ad and, when I saw her on my porch, her head and face completely covered with a scarf and veil, I was slightly taken aback. In a city of more than a million Asians, I had expected not a Muslim but a young Chinese woman to knock on my door.

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