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Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin
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May 28, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, kids, historical-fiction

Sasha loves his dad and loves Stalin, until the former is arrested; then Sasha's world is upended, and he doesn't know what to think or do. Reading this, I wanted it to resolve with a fast-forward in history to the fall of the Soviet Union, so that I could know that Sasha lived to see the end of communism. Bravely, Eugene Yelchin, who grew up in the U.S.S.R., doesn't wrap up this tale so easily. Instead, Sasha's response to his predicament becomes a testament to resilience even when life seems impossible to live. One of those simple-but-profound stories I can't wait to share with my own kids.
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