From the author of Jerusalem Maiden comes a mesmerizing, thought-provoking novel that tells the riveting story of an American woman—the daughter of Holocaust survivors—who travels to Russia shortly after the fall of communism, and finds herself embroiled in a perilous mafia conspiracy that could irrevocably destroy her life.
Brooke Fielding, a thirty-eight year old New York investment manager and daughter of Jewish Holocaust survivors, finds her life suddenly upended in late September 1993 when her job is unexpectedly put in jeopardy. Brooke accepts an invitation to join a friend on a mission to Moscow to teach entrepreneurial skills to Russian business women, which will also give her a chance to gain expertise in the new, vast emerging Russian market. Though excited by the opportunity to save her job and be one of the first Americans to visit Russia after the fall of communism, she also wonders what awaits her in the country that persecuted her mother just a generation ago.
Inspired by the women she meets, Brooke becomes committed to helping them investigate the crime that threatens their businesses. But as the uprising of the Russian parliament against President Boris Yeltsin turns Moscow into a volatile war zone, Brooke will find that her involvement comes at a high cost. For in a city where “capitalism” is still a dirty word, where neighbors spy on neighbors and the new economy is in the hands of a few dangerous men, nothing Brooke does goes unnoticed—and a mistake in her past may now compromise her future.
A moving, poignant, and rich novel, Hotel Moscow is an eye-opening portrait of post-communist Russia and a profound exploration of faith, family, and heritage.
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About the Author
Talia Carner is the former publisher of Savvy Woman magazine and a lecturer at international women's economic forums. This is her fourth novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Hotel Moscow is a well-written, supsenseful, and mostly accurate book that takes place in Russia right after the fall of Communism. It's easy to care about the characters, who are well-developed. I also appreciate the much-needed perspective on the continuation of anti-Semitism, and some people's denial about it. I hope that this book will open people's eyes about this. My only quibble is with her broad brush of criticism of Americans and fellow Jews who allegedly didn't do what they could to help the victims ot the World War II Holocaust. It's easy to second-guess people when we sit here in 2015, with the benefit of Social Media, and when ordinary citizens have more influence. But just exactly what could an ordinary citizien do during the 1940s, about something happening in another country? Our political leaders are another matter, but without benefit of the internet and international outrage, most people had no power over such things back then. Also it would have been nice of her to mention some who did help the Jewish victims, and even gave up their lives for it, such as theologican Deitrich Bonhoeffer. Not to mention an "ordinary" couple Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus, who went to Germany thesmelves, to rescue Jewish children. Otherwise, it was a very good book.
check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings I am not sure if I would classify this as historical fiction as it takes place in 1993, but at times I had to remind myself that this was taking place just 22 years ago. Brooke Fielding, is on a forced vacation due to her job, so instead of going to relax on a beach she goes to Russia to help women gain some business knowledge as Russia is opening the market and leaving communism behind. Brooke has entered Russia and is only there for 7 days, but from day 1 to day 7 it was a huge journey for the country. I enjoyed seeing Brooke rebuild herself and "come of age" while Russia falls apart - I don't usually talk about themes, but this one really worked for me. There were still many moments that I had to look up 1993 in Russia and kept reminding myself that this was fiction but could really be non-fiction.