"To Lesya who had never been outside of her own small Ukrainian town, it was hard to know which was more exciting: a great aunt from America, or a visit to Kiev ... Both brought strange, disturbing understandings of a freedom she had never known and her own father's quest for individual fulfillment."--Publisher's note.
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