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Moonlight in Odessa

Moonlight in Odessa

(2009)
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"Comic, rich in atmosphere and endearing."
Wendy Holden


"Fantastically quirky, wry and funny."
Sophie Kinsella


A tragic-comic look at the flourishing market for e-mail order brides, Moonlight in Odessa is a novel about the choices and sacrifices that people make in pursuit of love and stability, and the lengths that we will go to to help - and hinder - each other in search of a happy ending. Odessa , Ukraine is the humour capital of the former Soviet Union, but with prices rising and employment prospects falling, there is little for Odessans to laugh about. After months of searching, Daria, twenty-five and armed with an engineering degree and perfect English, is offered a plum job as a secretary at a foreign company. But there's a stone in every plum, and in this case, it's her new boss Mr. Harmon, who makes it clear that sleeping with him should be the first item on her to-do list. Loath to give up her newfound perks (the taste of real coffee, a new apartment and a salary she and her grandmother can actually live on), Daria manages to evade Harmon's advances by recruiting her neighbour, the slippery Olga, to be his mistress - a plan that ends up working only too well And so Daria finds herself moonlighting as an interpreter at Soviet Unions , a dating agency specializing in finding gorgeous Odessan brides for lonely Americans. Daria - so adept at spotting the cracks in the relationships she facilitates - soon discovers that she is not immune to the temptations of the American dream herself. An email correspondence with an apparently shy and sensitive American teacher who offers her a new life in San Francisco, leaves her facing a choice between her beloved city - not to mention the attentions of Vlad, a worryingly attractive mafia gangster - and her long-dreamt-of escape to the land of the free.

 
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Hardback Editions

September 2009 : USA Hardback
Title: Moonlight in Odessa: A Novel
Author(s): Janet Skeslien Charles
ISBN: 1-59691-672-9 / 978-1-59691-672-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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Paperback Editions

January 2011 : UK Paperback
Title: Moonlight in Odessa
Author(s): Janet Skeslien Charles
ISBN: 1-4088-0287-2 / 978-1-4088-0287-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

August 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: Moonlight in Odessa: A Novel
Author(s): Janet Skeslien Charles
ISBN: 1-60819-232-6 / 978-1-60819-232-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

February 2010 : UK Paperback
Title: Moonlight in Odessa
Author(s): Janet Skeslien Charles
ISBN: 1-4088-0213-9 / 978-1-4088-0213-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

September 2010 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Moonlight in Odessa
Author(s): Janet Skeslien Charles
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon UK   

July 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Moonlight in Odessa: A Novel
Author(s): Janet Skeslien Charles
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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