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Olga Grushin

Russia (b.1971)

Born in Moscow, in the family of a pioneering Soviet sociologist Boris Grushin, Olga Grushin spent her early childhood in Prague. After returning to Moscow, she studied art history at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and journalism at Moscow State University. In 1989, she was given a full scholarship to Emory University, and became the first Russian citizen to enroll in and complete a four-year American college program, graduating summa cum laude in 1993.

Since coming to the United States, she has been an interpreter for President Jimmy Carter, a cocktail waitress in a jazz bar, a translator at the World Bank, a research analyst at a Washington law firm, and, most recently, an editor at Harvard University's Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection.

Genres: Literary Fiction
   The Dream Life of Sukhanov (2006)
   The Concert Ticket (2010)
     aka The Line
   Forty Rooms (2016)
   The Charmed Wife (2021)
Olga Grushin recommends
The Atlas of Remedies (2024)
Paul Jaskunas
"Like any good fairy tale told over a steaming cup of chamomile tea by a winter fire, this short book delights with dark woods, perilous quests, animal familiars, and kindly strangers, but its simplicity is deceptive, and it soon weaves into a gentle meditation on worlds Old and New, on losses big and small, and on the gift of human connection, both familial and fleeting. One of the most moving stories I have read in recent years."
All Our Yesterdays (2024)
Joel H Morris
"Richly atmospheric, All Our Yesterdays takes the familiar material as a departure point and gives fresh voice to a woman maligned by history, tracing a mother's unlikely rise to power and infusing it with political intrigue, dark magic, and the searing heartache of parenthood."
The New Adventures of Helen (2021)
Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
"A master of the Russian short story."

2007 Granta Best of Young American Novelists

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