I picked this book up because the storys plot follows a Siberian Mail-Order Bride to America and this theme sounded intriguing to me. The story was really so much more than I expected, and I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the protagonist, Sasha, was a artist and that so much of the story takes places in her hometown of Asbestos 2. I love to read about other cultures and societies, and when art is a central theme in a novel Im usually hooked.
Sasha is a bit of a clumsy heroine, but its easy to understand where shes coming from in most aspects of her life, especially through her culture shock in coming to live in America. The story is a little all over the place, but I think it works in this book, because it mirrors Sashas life. Sasha has a heart of gold, and while this is definitely a fun read, it can also be a bit depressing at times, like life itself.
I enjoyed this book very much, as it displayed how people are constantly looking for something better. I look forward to reading more of Anya Ulinich.