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Exceptional stories on the immigrant experience,
This review is from: One More Year (Paperback)
One More Year is a collection of short stories explicating the immigrant experience in contemporary America. Krasikov, an Ukrainian living in New York, covers the space where capitalist and ex-Communist cultures intersect. What comes across mostly strongly is the indelibility of identity; these characters cannot relinquish their native character, despite willingly transplanting themselves to another continent. She is particularly good at illuminating the simultaneous fascination and revulsion with which many former Soviet citizens view the USA. Krasikov tells the story of those at the fringes of society with great sympathy and insight.
It is a difficult thing to maintain quality throughout a series of stories, no matter how long - and, despite her youth, Krasikov has managed this admirably. Many of these were first published in the New Yorker, which is as sure a sign of quality as any. The prose is sharp and polished, and periodically astonishing in its clarity - she's a clear talent, and with a novel to come shortly, surely one to watch.