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Anna, who has always lived under the microscopic judgment of her narcissistic mother, is a Russian immigrant on the verge of turning forty and a single mother of a headstrong teenage daughter. After a life-long succession of regrettable choices and a slew of bad relationships, Anna gives up hope of finding her better half—until she meets David. Their all-consuming love see ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published January 27th 2015 by Infinity House (first published January 21st 2015)
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Trang Tran (Bookidote)
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing, witty. smart and powerful novel. It depicts the life of Anna, a Soviet immigrant who comes to America to seek a better life. We follow her journey inside out : relationships and family are in the heart of the story. I fell in love with the originality of the characters. Every single one of them is so unique, special and colorful. The writing is marvelous ! I was impressed by the first sentences already. What I find fascinating is the relationship with Anna and her mother, it' ...more
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Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
ABOUT ANNA...

Sophia Michelle Delanner
Infinity House (2015)
ISBN 9780990928102
Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (02/16)


“About Anna…” by Sophia Michelle Delanner is the delightful story of Anna, and her search for the meaning of life and happiness, set in contemporary New York City. Anna is an almost 40 year-old Russian immigrant, who moved to New York City with her entire dysfunctional family. She struggles to escape the grip of her controlling mother while maintaining peace in the family a
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S.L. Hoyte
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
ABOUT ANNA...

Sophia Michelle Delanner
Infinity House (2015)
ISBN 9780990928102
Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (02/16)


“About Anna…” by Sophia Michelle Delanner is the delightful story of Anna, and her search for the meaning of life and happiness, set in contemporary New York City. Anna is an almost 40 year-old Russian immigrant, who moved to New York City with her entire dysfunctional family. She struggles to escape the grip of her controlling mother while maintaining peace in the family a
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Charlie Kent
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading “About Anna…”—the smartly written debut novel by Sophia Delanner. Right away, I was drawn to and identified with the main character, Anna, and her witty and perceptive observations about life on this planet and the people with whom we share it with.

I thought some of the characters were particularly unique and colorful, and the situations they found themselves in were always captured vividly and cinematically. Delanner’s attention to detail is what really stands out here
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Jason Roth
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this observant and telling tale of a Russian immigrant family who fled the Soviet Union to find happiness in America. This isn’t the typical immigration saga. The author depicts the most complicated family relationship—a mother-daughter connection—with brilliant wit, dry humor, and a big heart.

In this particular case, mother is a narcissistic individual who demands total control over her daughter, at the same time lacking any kind of empathy for Anna. She pushes Anna to the
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Literature Lover
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A terrific book!

This novel spoke to me on a profound level. I found the characters and the plot very compelling. This richly-woven story transcends generations and geography and goes beyond the cultural displacement and economic adjustments that so many immigrants are forced to face.

The descriptions are so vivid that I felt I was there in the story. The characters are well-developed, the dialog is flowing.

The author attempted to go beyond the claustrophobic nature of a dysfunctional family, in
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Hayley Shaver
Jun 10, 2015 rated it liked it
I got this from goodreads first-reads for free.This as a good, solid book. It could have been put together better. At one time, it segued into a story Anna was writing without warning. It confused me a little. Little things like that made a great book into a good book. This book is about a single mother named Anna who immigrated from Russia years ago. She has a teen daughter. She has many man problems, some of them very serious. She has an awful mother and aunt, and a uncle. She has issues about ...more
Elena
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed it tremendously!..
“About Anna” contains all of the reasons why it is such a satisfying read. Eternal conflicts of generations, vulnerability and strength of a child, choices that we make and the price we pay for them, the courage to live and follow your heart regardless of the circumstances – definitely something to think about, learning from other people’s experiences, as we all know but rarely do. Powerful and riveting, “About Anna” will have you on the edge of your seat as you follow
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Dianne Harry
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A dazzling debut novel about a Russian immigrant family living in New York. Crisp and witty writing. The author captured the intricacies of family life with uncompromising candor. The story hit very close to my heart as it showed another life that I'm grateful to learn about, but not to live. Some situations are haunting to read. In child abuse that could later turn into domestic violence there are no winners, only losers. And although the issues raised are too painful and sad, the novel is also ...more
DNJ
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Family Dynamics

Heart wrenching and intense, but at the same time poetic and hilarious. Excellent, well written with a surprising ending. The plot takes the reader through the family dynamics. The novel made me question the way I was brought up and gave me an insight into my own family situation. It was interesting to see how another family navigated its way through. I was engrossed from the very beginning, the characters and the story drew me in, and I laughed and cried a lot. I will be followin
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Cassandra.
I have been attempting to read this book for over a month. I have to keep putting it down, & have read two other books. I am on page 71. I like a quote from TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, "Atticus told me to delete the adjectives & I'd have the facts." My comment at this point in this novel is delete some of the adjectives & adverbs & then there would be an interesting story. So far it has been tedious with hints of an interesting story.
Today is June 8. I am putting this First Reads Giva
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Darcie Rowan
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic debut novel! Author Sophia Delanner has a beautiful, poetic way of writing about a serious subject matter like dysfunctional family life amongst 3 generations of women. Her content reminds me of Anna Quindlen, but with very descriptive prose. I loved the character development and the flow of the storyline, which was something I felt most people could relate. I recommend this to anyone who likes dynamic fiction. I hope she writes another book. I'm hooked.
Shana Nichols
Mar 22, 2015 marked it as stopped-reading
Shelves: first-reads, 2015, adult
Received as a Goodreads Giveaway. I was excited to read this book, and I believe that a compelling story is buried in its pages. However I like my prose with a lot less complexity, fewer adverbs and adjectives, and minus entire pages describing eating ice cream. I'm a little like Hemingway in this respect. When one sentence has so many clauses that it is seven lines long, I lose interest.
Seventy-five pages was the most I could read before having to quit. And I don't quit easily.
Kaite
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I won a free copy from the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway Program and think that it interesting. I would recommend it to everyone.
David
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read!
Could not put it down. Beautiful engaging prose, multifaceted characters. The author stayed true to life with all its messiness and magic.
Blakely Brown-Byrd
Mar 30, 2015 rated it liked it
I received this book from Goodreads first reads. I enjoyed the book. The family dynamics are what made the book. Great debut novel.
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Born under a totalitarian regime in the Soviet Union to a dysfunctional family, Sophia Michelle Delanner was brought into the world with an intense lust for life and an incorrigible need to understand how the universe works. Although she currently lives in New York City, she has lived in England and Germany. These rich experiences have allowed her to observe people and their cultures as she search ...more
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