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Hotel Moscow: A Novel Paperback – June 2, 2015
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“Carner deftly mixes in the changing landscape of Russia with an emotional story about a woman coming to terms with her heritage.” (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
“Action-packed, steamy and suspenseful.” (Jerusalem Post)
“An eye-opening exposé of life following the collapse of the Iron Curtain...Vividly drawn characters and taut suspense add up to a real-life dystopian page-turner of the un-put-downable variety.” (Library Journal)
“Talia Carner sweeps us away along with her brave and determined heroine to an exotic and complex time and place, and keeps us riveted with the tension and dangers of international intrigue. A real page-turner!” (Tami Hoag, New York Times bestselling author of Cold Cold Heart)
“With the urgency of a thriller and the sharp, atmospheric lens of a great documentary, HOTEL MOSCOW hurls you into the vortex of the corrupt, outlaw world of the Soviet Union morphing into modern Russia. A fascinating and ultimately gripping read!” (Andrew Gross, New York Times-bestselling author of One Mile Under)
“HOTEL MOSCOW is bold and breathless. A smart story about a fearless New York woman who arrives in Russia with more baggage than she knows, it explores both the personal and the political with compelling prose, heartfelt insights and gripping action. An impressive achievement!” (Ellen Meister, author of Farewell, Dorothy Parker)
Praise for Jerusalem Maiden: “Talia Carner uses beautiful language, exquisite storytelling, and detailed research to transport the reader into the world of old Jerusalem...This is a book to savor and discuss.” (Jewish Book World, on Jerusalem Maiden)
“A fascinating look at a little-known culture and time...Tuck JERUSALEM MAIDEN in your beach bag.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune, on Jerusalem Maiden)
“A welcome glimpse into a little-understood world.” (Kirkus Reviews, on Jerusalem Maiden)
“A gripping read. Rich with insight and detail, as well as drama and emotion...this book deftly explores a chapter in history that is little understood much less written about.” (Rodney Barker, author of Dancing with the Devil: Sex, Espionage and the U.S. Marines)
From the Back Cover
In late September 1993, Brooke Fielding, a thirty-eight-year-old New York investment manager and the daughter of Jewish Holocaust survivors, accepts an invitation to teach entrepreneurial skills to Russian businesswomen in Moscow. Though excited by the opportunity to be one of the first Americans to visit Russia after the fall of communism, she wonders what awaits her in the country that persecuted her mother just a generation ago. But as the Russian parliament's uprising against President Boris Yeltsin turns Moscow into a volatile war zone, Brooke finds 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.
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Corruption and the Russian mafia act with impunity. The Russian women that the Americans have come to teach are trying to work under impossible and dangerous conditions. The Americans try to help, but run into obstacles at every turn.
This well-crafted story illuminates the struggles of the post-Soviet era. The corruption, bribery and threats are constantly pushing the Russian women down. Their lives have been lived under so many restrictions that it is hard for them to hope that life could be better. The American women soon come to understand the challenge of changing a culture that is so deeply embedded into the Russian mindset.
One of the American women, Brooke, is Jewish. Her parents fled the Soviet Union after escaping the pograms that wiped out their families. They survived World War II in a Nazi concentration camp. Brooke grew up with the weight of a second generation survivor on her shoulders. She couldn't relate to the Judaism of her parents. In Russia, Brooke experiences antisemitism in a direct way that helps her to understand her parents, what they went through and comes to take pride in being Jewish.
Hotel Moscow: A Novel has many more plots lines, intrigue, danger, and romance than I can touch on here. This is a story of people learning how to trust in a world turned upside down. I highly recommend it.
This allows the reader to understand the thinking, insights, and motivations of multiple characters. The book moves quickly as it the nature of the thriller genre. She also used the overarching story of teaching entrepreneurship to women in leadership positions to weave the interesting and intricate subplots to the story in a meaningful way.
The book also helps expose the anti-Semitism so prevalent in the old Soviet Union and was alive and well in 1993. It also illustrates that even though the Soviet Union was a Super Power with an educated population with many natural resources, and nuclear weapons, the Soviet Union failed miserably in developing a thriving civil society
There is another interesting issue that Ms. Carner brings forward in this book, second generation Holocaust Survivors. Having a normal family life can be extremely difficult in a family where the parents have survived the horrors of the Holocaust.
Although I believe the book was written with a woman's audience in mind. However, this should not limit the audience for those who want to read this novel. I'm a man and enjoyed the book thoroughly. If you are interested in a fast paced story with interesting complex plot this is the book for you!
Also, it explains the "why" the parents of a good friend, Holocaust survivors. Acted the way they did. Children of survivors grew up under terrible burdens.
The average Russian women, trying to start a business faces terrible burdens. Not a pretty read but a must read.