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Dark by the River
by Elli Fitz
Tanya Saharova is eighteen years old, a poor girl living in an isolated Latvian hamlet on Europe's eastern border. She is hard working and loyal to her mother and four younger sisters but she is desperate to start life with her lover, Nikolai, who has abandoned her for well paid employment in Germany. By chance, Tanya reads an advertisement for a lucrative job in London. T ...more
(first published September 2nd 2011)
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Jun 29, 2012 carol rated it it was amazing
Another excellent novel by Elli Fitz who is probably one of the best, yet is also an underrated and unknown novelists of our time. Your loss is my gain. This is not a happy loving novel but one of dire warning of the human sex trafficking trade. The setting is 1996, the fall and control of communist Russia on the Baltic region gives us primarily a story of two lovers from the baltic state of Latvia, Nikolai and Tanya. Nikolai, a former soldier, also a damaged survivor from the Chechen war is wor ...more