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July 19 and 12, 11:00 am

For our summer reading PresbyReaders will be discussing Mother Country by Irina Reyn. This engaging novel will bring us into the life of a Ukrainian woman who moves to New York and leaves her daughter in the Ukraine. Over the years, she works two jobs and continually tries to bring her daughter to the U.S. During her years in the U.S. she watches and listens for as much news as she can get on the Russia-Ukraine war, while anxiously waiting for calls from her daughter to make sure she is alive and well. This story recounts not the present war in the eastern Ukraine but the earlier Russian attack on Crimea when it was a part of Ukraine.

An intriguing story exists about the Russian side of New York, and how the many Russians living there keep with their traditions, continue to shop at Russian food stores, eat their traditional foods and slip back into their own language.
In an emotional, unique and complex writing style, the author pens an engaging story about immigration and what it means to be an immigrant. Most importantly, she gives an account of a woman who escapes the war in her country in order to make a better life for herself and her daughter. The book is easy to obtain on Amazon in both printed copy and Kindle format.

Start reading now and plan to bring a friend and join our discussion. Pastor Eileen will facilitate.