As the Soviet Union is changing in dramatic ways in the early 1990's, Anya clings to her desire for a stable and tranquil life. She's in love with Victor and is ready to overcome the challenges of their long-distance relationship. To follow her dreams, she leaves her comfortable life in Moscow and moves to a small northern town. She believes that her destiny is to be a wife of a Russian submarine officer, but her fate is much more complicated than that. Anya's Story is an insightful look into the dynamic and unstable period of recent Russian history, told from the perspective of a young Russian woman.
"Anya's Story is an incredible insight into the lives of regular everyday people in Russia set in a time before the breakup of the Soviet Union in the early 1990's. Besides being masterfully written as a tale of a young girl through her journey in life in finding and losing love, the historical backdrop only adds to the flavor of the book." -- Dennis Waller, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer
"The Russian Northern Fleet, with its mysteries and submarine tragedies, has intrigued me for quite a while, and this story provides some insights." -- Avid Reader, Amazon Reviewer
"Julia Gousseva offers a unique insight into Russian life during one of the most drastic political, economic, and social upheavals: the disintegration and ultimately the collapse of the Soviet Union. Set against this tubulent background, rife with confusion about Russia's future, here is the quiet, lovely voice of Anya, as she goes through her coming of age." -- Uvi Poznansky