"Your problem is you have a Russian soul," Anna's mother tells her. In 1980, Anna is a naïve UConn senior studying abroad in Moscow at the height of the Cold War-and a second-generation Russian Jew raised on a calamitous family history of abandonment, Czarist-era pogroms, and Soviet-style terror. As Anna dodges date rapists, KGB agents, and smooth-talking black marketeers while navigating an alien culture for the first time, she must come to terms with the aspects of the past that haunt her own life. With its intricate insight into the everyday rhythms of an almost forgotten way of life in Brezhnev's Soviet Union, Forget Russia (Tailwinds Press, 2020) is a disquieting multi-generational epic about coming of age, forgotten history, and the loss of innocence in all of its forms.
(aka Lisa Williams) is a Professor of Literature at Ramapo College of New Jersey and lives in New York City. In addition to Forget Russia, she has published the memoir, Letters to Virginia Woolf, The Artist as Outsider
in the Novels of Toni Morrison and Virginia Woolf, and three poetry chapbooks.
Steven Seegel is Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, University of Texas at Austin.
Steven Seegel is Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at The University of Texas at Austin.