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Inga's Zigzags

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  14 reviews
"In this well-written debut novel... Miller engagingly presents a heroine caught between contradictions: New York and Moscow; flashy glamour and self-pitying nostalgia; certainty and doubt. A sexy tale with plenty of Russian atmosphere.."
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"A thrilling ride that zigzags right to your heart." -- Lara Vapnyar, Author of The Scent of Pine

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Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 14th 2014 by Ladno Books (first published March 1st 2014)
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May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, adult
4.5 Stars

I loved this book!

First, I would like to say that I was very happy to receive a free copy from the author from the First Reads program on Goodreads. Vica Miller has proved with her first novel that she is a fantastic writer. Inga's Zigzags was a beautifully written, exciting story of a young Russian woman finding herself through her lovers, friends, job and her homes in both New York and Russia. The novel had a ton of heart and was at times very seductive. I thoroughly enjoyed this book
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads Giveaways
“Inga’s Zigzags” which I won through Goodreads Giveaways is a mesmerizing story that begins when a twenty-eight -year old Russian divorcee leaves New York City after nine years to explore a career in Moscow. Working for Obundy Moscow she too quickly finds herself at the mercy of her boss Laura Paulson who sends her new special projects consultant to the provinces to coordinate the company’s cola promotion knowing she has no connections to use to cement a deal.

Frustrated with the job, wanting to
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
Some books are able to take you to a place, show you around, and make you feel like you are right there experiencing it with the characters. The authors descriptive details show you the scene and then you are right there with the characters going through the dialog. Inga’s Zigzags took me all over New York, Moscow, St.Petersburg (the Russian variety), London, and Miami’s South Beach. I am so happy I was able to get to read this book. I needed a vacation. This book is a gem.

Inga is a woman coming
Cheryl Benton
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Inga’s Zigzags, Vica Miller’s debut novel takes the reader on roller coaster ride of emotions and sensual experiences from NYC to Moscow. A few years after emigrating to NYC from her beloved St. Petersburg, Russia, the books heroine, Inga Belova, finds herself disillusioned with 1990s New York City. A divorce followed by a series of superficial relationships leaves her cynical about love, and she feels mired in her mid-level job in a NY ad agency. When her firm offers her a chance to head to Mos ...more
Lolly K Dandeneau
Apr 28, 2014 rated it liked it
This isn't my usual choice but I wanted something different and was happy to read it via Netgalley. It isn't going to be a story for everyone. Inga, a 28 yr old divorced singleton moves back to Russia and meets successful business women Emma and Alexandra who promise her opportunities in and out of the bedroom. Predictably, the threesome sort of crumbles and the reader goes along for the ride. I think what I enjoyed and related was how Inga was split, longing to return to her home where she coul ...more
Barbara Rohde
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
Supplied to me through Netgalley, this was a very disappointing read. I read an electronic copy which proved to be difficult as some letters were missing. For instance, 'ff', 'fl', and 'fi' were all absent throughout so 'o ce' was 'office', and 'guru' was 'figure'. 'Th' was also missing. So a frustrating start until I got used to it.

Basically it's about a young Russian woman who has been living in New York and returns to Russia to spearhead her career. Thus it describes how westernisation has af
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, 2015
**I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.**

Unusual was the first word to come to mind after reading this book, but then the more I thought about it the less I felt that it accurately described it. Maybe the locations and lifestyle were unusual to me, but not the basic story of craving love and success and making it your life’s goal to find them. I applaud the author for choosing to write about a path less traveled and praise her even more for her ability to do so by weaving
May 13, 2014 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book. A bit different to my usual read and I was lucky to receive it for free through the Goodreads program to check out and review. I was unsure for the first 30 pages or so if I was going to be able to get into it but then it took off and kept me interested from that point. Inga's Zigzags is well written, exciting, seductive and was a page turner for me. ...more
Jun 17, 2017 added it
Very interesting book. The cover helped compel me to read it and I'm glad I did. The characters were interesting and the many twists and turns kept me wanting to find out what would happen next. I enjoyed learning bits and pieces of Russian culture as well. ...more
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
If this book had been packaged as a mass market paperback, I might've had a chance to adjust my expectations accordingly and even enjoy the ride. But I discovered this book on the front table of one of my favorite bookstores in NYC, Word, and the front cover sported a blurb from Gary Shteyngart, so I thought I was in for at least a decent read. And in a way, this book is. There is something compelling about the plot for sure, and I did keep reading if only to get to the end. There were passages ...more
Jun 05, 2014 rated it liked it
This book had some up and downs. I liked Inga's uncertainty about everything. Maybe it's because I'm a mess at the moment too, but I definitely bonded with her. Miller also did a great job at making Inga's sexuality very fluid. Inga doesn't question her own sexuality or suddenly denounce her previous relationships. Miller just makes her new relationship a fact and Inga goes with it. Yes, Inga starts to wonder why she suddenly is falling for a woman/women, but Miller doesn't make that the sole th ...more
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Mar 04, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was an easy read, although more explicit than I care to read. The writing flows nicely, without a noticeable English as a second language. This is the first book that I have read about modern Russia and I enjoyed the sections which talked about the changes. Good insight into the ties which a person feels when she has moved to such different locations. The feeling of being torn between two homes was real, as was the hugeness of getting started in a new place. Overall a sound first novel ...more
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
I don't usually read those kind of books. ...more
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Vica Miller grew up in St. Petersburg (Russia) and has been a New Yorker for over two decades. George Plimpton called her a writer, and she believed him. Her first novel, Inga's Zigzags, will be published on May 14, 2014 by Ladno Books.

Vica is the founder of the Vica Miller Literary Salons, a chamber reading series held at private NYC galleries. She has written for Vogue Russia, Internet and Tenn

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