To liken this book to Desparate Housewives does it a disservice. Although I love that tv show, the story of Daria and her journey from post Soviet Union Ukraine to the United States is more serious and thoughtful. As there are no sexual harrassment laws protecting female employees from predatory bosses, Daria must use her wits to maintain her dignity. I felt that she was the most realized of the book's characters, and that others she interacted with were not as clearly thought out or presented. As the conslusion has been revealed by other reviewers (a practice I strongly disagree with), I will only mention that I thought the ending was not realistic given what precedeed it.