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4.72  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  12 reviews
When Nazi forces occupy the beautiful coastal city of Yalta, everything changes. Eighteen-year-old Filip has few options—he is prime fodder for forced labor in Germany. His hurried marriage to Galina might grant him reprieve, but the rules keep changing. Galina's parents, branded as traitors for innocently doing business with the enemy, decide to volunteer in hopes of bett ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 1st 2017 by Academy Chicago Publishers
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Alicia Devero
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I love books – they are the true essence of life because, like someone once noticed: “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” So driven by my passion for books and quite natural zest for life, I read literally everything that I can lay my hands on (although, I will never go back to James Joyce ☺). Therefore, when my boyfriend, David, suggested: “Roads” written by Marina Antropow Cramer, one of the members of his Book Club, whom I had a pleasure to ...more
Jonathan S
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While this review is not about me, anyone weighing my words should know from the outset that I am a horrible reader, easily distracted and, all too often, I am ashamed to admit, I struggle to finish novels. Set against this contextual backdrop, I positively devoured Roads, not just once but twice, a year or so ago and, again, just this week, to refresh and validate my preliminary observations. There are multiple reasons for the felicitous reading experience that Cramer provides, to wit (1) A wel ...more
Story Circle Book Reviews
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Marina Antropow Cramer's debut novel, Roads, begins with a family in the beautiful coastal city of Yalta, Crimea in the early 1940s. It is well researched, the characters are unforgettable, and the plot takes so many twists that the readers is tied in knots at times trying to imagine how anyone survived at all.

Before long, the Nazis arrive. At first the occupation's only effect on their idyllic life by the sea is shortages of basic supplies. The Yalta citizens adjust to the changes the best they
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Rebecca Kightlinger
Roads
Marina Antropow Cramer, Chicago Review Press, 2017, Chicago, US$15.99, pb, 352 pp, 9781613735565

“Under the surface, they felt the whirling currents pull at their bodies, twisting their clothing as if demanding ransom for the passage. I am stronger than you, the river proclaimed. Just let go.”


Yalta, Russia, 1925

“There is going to be a child.”

Having survived the Russian Revolution, music lover Zoya and her husband, postal worker Vadim, now have a son. They raise Filip in Yalta, “Russia’s Riv
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Paul Beston
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Roads is a profound and beautifully written novel that also happens to be compellingly plotted—not some mere "literary" story but a captivating narrative, with richly drawn characters who are so vivid in the reader's mind that their every action is suspenseful, surprising, and yet logical all at once. It does what great fiction does: approximate for the reader, as near as possible within the limitations of art, the experience of other human beings, so that we can nearly feel what they feel. Thou ...more
Nissa
I saw this title on a Goodreads giveaway and I'm really glad I found this book (I had to read it).

I really enjoyed this book and loved all the historical details in the story. I love reading and learning about WWII and what happened to those affected by these circumstances. A well written and touching story that was hard to put down. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in reading about the war and those who lived through it. I look forward to reading more from this author. H
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Sonia Francis
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful prose, emotional at times , the author introduces us to Crimea on southern coast of Ukraine where folks lived comfortable and very simple during the Soviet Union era .Times were tough, but families held it all together until Germany invaded and living was a daily challenge.
Characters were well developed. The historical setting was well researched.The author built this story brick by brick and it made for a very fluid read.
Strong family bond to the end despite separation at times becaus
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Michael Cramer
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written and moving story of Russian immigrants finding their way across Europe in the chaos following the second world war. Cramer develops the characters in this story expertly, and the reader feels emotionally invested in their trials and tribulations. She presents the plight of displaced people in a way that is poignant and personal. This is a compelling story of family in a time when the future is uncertain. Highly recommended.
Roselee Blooston
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A stunningly beautiful, seamlessly told saga of a Russian family fleeing from their home in Yalta at the end of World War II. ROADS is filled with the concerns of daily life, suddenly and poignantly pushed to their limits as the refugees face separation, hunger, illness, birth and death, while somehow maintaining hope for the future and love for each other. Highly recommended.
Tena
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I won this in a GOODREADS giveaway -- Roads (Paperback) by Marina Antropow Cramer -- I rarely give 5 stars... This was very intense and left me haunted. A must read!
Thomas Pluck
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a great story of the bonds of love and family and the horrors of war for the civilians, the grass beneath the elephants.
Tracy  Taylor
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's amazing and sad to think how many people survived the horrible, inhumane treatment from the Nazis during world war two.
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