Saturday, December 19, 2009

Men With Red Ties, Diary of an Emigre - A Review

Men With Red Ties, Diary of an Emigre - Nastya Polikarpova (received from author for review)

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (October 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143273590X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432735906

Product Description (via Amazon)

The window of this taxi and I have something in common.

We are breathed on by strangers, covered by countless, dirty fingerprints, stained with coffee, oil, grease; it wears the poor window out, an exhaustion that a car wash cannot cleanse away.

My Thoughts:

This book caught me by surprise. It took me 40 or so pages to get into. I had a hard time keeping characters straight in the beginning. However that all changed very quickly and I found myself completely engrossed in the tale I was reading. I found myself fascinated by the stories that were told within the main story itself and before I knew it the story was over.

The book gives a glimpse into a high end strip club in NY and the girls that work for it. Alina was leaving the world to go back home. While this was going on another girl at the club was telling the new girl Alina's story. How she came to the club and the events that eventually had her leaving to go back home to a simpler life.

All in all, I really enjoyed the book even with the bumpy start.