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Deirdre McNamer's third novel is infused with a deep melancholy rooted in her character's awareness of life's fragility. It is precisely this awareness that forces Francesca to be true to her desire for desire, no matter the outcome. "I'm hoping to channel it into something constructive," she says, "but it's possible that that won't happen. It may be my religion, my way of insisting on the existence of some unseeable truth. It may also be a way of going blind. Of missing what's best when it's right before your eyes." A scary religion, that, but as My Russian makes clear, it's one that Francesca, like the truly faithful, cannot help but obey. --Katherine Anderson
"My Russian" tells an unlikely and exaggerated tale of a woman searching for the truth about herself and the people who have been a part of her life. Read morePublished on July 25, 2008 by deeper waters
This book was totally confusing!! I was expecting characters that were well developed, and I couldn't relate to anything in the book!! Read morePublished on October 14, 2005 by J. Hazelwood
As one person described this as a literary thriller, I have to agree with that assessment. The main character, Francesca Woodbridge, narrates the story. Read morePublished on November 30, 2003 by "truthandjustice"
Could not put it down. Fascinating close observations of life's everyday joys and (more often) disappointments. Writing at times breathtaking. Read morePublished on April 1, 2002 by Carolyn Glenn
Great concept, beautiful writing, compelling, but the ending was a rotten dirty trick. The author should forget writing any more "mysteries" unless the endings get more... Read morePublished on August 18, 2000
I didn't finish this book because I became so tired of reading about this woman's self centered "second chance at life" schtick. Get a life!Published on August 10, 2000
Although the concept of the story was very interesting, the fanciful descriptions and "poetic" language, rather than transforming me, left me bored. Read morePublished on February 22, 2000 by Elizabeth R.