As an American man in a relationship with a Russian woman, I loved this book. It was insightful and captured the nuances of the Russian feminine spirit better than anything I've ever read. I found myself grinning or even laughing out loud at some of the passages, as my wife and I had had similar conversations or events in our relationship. Uncanny and funny. I'd go so far as to say that this book should be mandatory reading for any American contemplating a relationship with a Russian woman. Like Russia, they are beautiful, dark, brooding, full of life, and withdrawn, often all at the same time, and Leaving Katya does a brilliant job of playing this out for us.