You Are One of Them

You Are One of Them

Book - 2013
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Sarah Zuckerman and Jennifer Jones are best friends in an upscale part of Washington, D.C., in the politically charged 1980s. Sarah is the shy, wary product of an unhappy home: her father abandoned the family to return to his native England; her agoraphobic mother is obsessed with fears of nuclear war. Jenny is an all-American girl who has seemingly perfect parents. With Cold War rhetoric reaching a fever pitch in 1982, the ten-year-old girls write letters to Soviet premier Yuri Andropov asking for peace. But only Jenny's letter receives a response, and Sarah is left behind when her friend accepts the Kremlin's invitation to visit the USSR and becomes an international media sensation.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, c2013.
ISBN: 9781594205286
1594205280
Branch Call Number: HOLT E
Characteristics: 293 p. ; 22 cm.

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Newmommy09
Jul 18, 2017

Enjoyable read, somewhat of a mystery. Enjoy the build-up of the story and the friendship between the two girls. The backdrop of Russia and the history was also interesting. I am thankful I live in the Land of the Free.

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bluehydrangea
Jul 30, 2015

Sarah Zuckerman defines herself by the people she's lost & ends up in 1990s Moscow chasing one or two ghosts. I loved the way this novel brought back the 1980s and 90s. Unapologetic in its melancholy tone.

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IV27HUjg
Jan 07, 2014

This was a random choice - I have liked older Russian lit. Much of the book was skimmed because I found it tedious, although I enjoyed the details of more modern Russia & wonder just how accurate it is. It reminded me a bit of the current tv series The Americans, taking place about the same time period. It also reminded me of how gullible or trusting each is of their own surroundings, be it family, church, school, socio-economic beliefs, government. Very present are suggestions that not all of what one is taught/told is the absolute truth & the only right way to function.

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hilln
Dec 23, 2013

This book gets you, the reader, hooked from the get-go. This is Ms Holt's first book, and she is a fine writer. Is this a mystery novel, a spy novel, a coming of age story, a relationship story? Perhaps all of the above. For me, it was ultimately about dealing with unfairness in life and finding the ability to move on. There are also many fascinating insider details about Russia's transition from totalitarian communist state through the 80s and 90s towards present day's "New" Russia. It's a very interesting, very well written story. Thumbs up!

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ppjames77
Jul 15, 2013

Really enjoyed this book :)

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dcafk
Jun 18, 2013

This is a wonderful novel.

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