Young maid, Nastia must go back to her village when the aristocrats she worked for escape from the Bolshevik revolution. Her short trip home becomes more adventurous than she could imagine. When she returns, Nastia learns of the many tragedies fallen upon her family and neighbors. She meets a traveling merchant, Aliosha who helps her in her worst situation. She marries him, and bears a son. They move across Russia and settle in the city of Rostov, where she gives birth to a girl. Nastia tries her best to adjust to her new life, when Aliosha comes home with sad news of his father's death and announces that they will return to his country. Only then she realizes that her husband is not Russian, but Persian. She must choose between her familiar world and his unknown universe. She embarks on a journey of discovery, living the life of a foreign wife in a strange and unusual place. Her will to survive is a source of inspiration.
|Publisher:||Outskirts Press, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.88(d)|
About the Author
Christine Alexanians had a love of writing from her early teen years. She majored in Journalism from the College of Mass Media in Tehran, Iran. Her mixed Armenian/Polish heritage, her immersion into the Iranian life and her exposure to Russian and French cultures through her friends and her school have shaped her multifaceted view of the world. Shortly after the Iran/Iraq war in fall of 1980, she immigrated to the United States and has lived since in Glendale, California with her husband, her two sons and their families.
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Transplanted: A Journey of Enchantment and Disappointments based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite Transplanted by Christine Alexanians is a rich novel that allows you to invest yourself in someone else’s life and drama. The novel revolves around Nastia, a maid in the house of the aristocrats. Her life is turned upside down when the people she works for have to leave because of the Bolshevik revolution. Upon reaching her village, she learns of the hardships that have befallen her family and friends. During this time of despair, she meets Aliosha, a merchant with a big heart who helps her out in a situation that was bound to cripple her emotionally. Soon the two are married and have a son, and they move to the opposite side of Russia where they have a daughter. Just when she has almost settled into her new life, her husband comes bearing bad news that his father has passed away and they must go back to his homeland: Persia. With the shock of her husband’s true origin and the complications of living in a foreign country, Nastia must make a decision. Can she forsake her husband and live where life is familiar? Or should she take a leap of faith and follow her husband to Persia and try something she never thought she would? Inspiring: this is the first word that comes to my mind when I think about describing this novel. Christine Alexanians did a wonderful job in creating such a likeable character. Nastia is such a strong woman. She represents millions of women across the world who have to face the same dilemma. The novel was fast paced and well detailed without being boring. A good novel worth reading again. Five stars!