When I was little, I often fantasized about what my life would be like if I had been born Russian. Apparently Gina Ochsner also has an Eastern European soul.
Her characters are Finnish, Polish, Hungarian, Russian, Czech. Little miracles follow them around like bees.
Her stories are magical, quirky and redeeming. Everybody gets their comeuppance and the world remains just as flawed and beautifully perfect as we suspected it might be.
I loved all of these stories, but especially the very first one, "Articles of Faith." What a beautiful, rich story full of possibility and loss.