A woman, groomed to be a wife and mother, discovers through her clandestine interaction with a foreigner, that she has a right to determine her own destiny. Every step Elena takes toward personal liberation is considered treason by her society, driving her deeper and deeper underground, and threatening her escape from Russia.
Elena Ivanova is one of the two women featured in BBC's, Outlook Weekend: The Voyage of Meg and Elena, and NPR's, Snap Judgment: Kismet, for their year-long, planet-crossing run for their lives and freedom. When the programs were released, they, along with other publications and media, made mention of Ms. Ivanova's Talking to the Moon, which was only available in Russian. This English language edition of Talking to the Moon is not a translation of her Russian language memoir, but Elena's retelling of her story anew, with the advantage of years of freedom and experience, shining a light into the darkness she escaped.
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My planet crossing escape from Russia and years of travel and discoveries with the woman I love prompted me to observe the world, to truly live, and to write.