Elena Gorokhova

Elena Gorokhova grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia, although for most of her life it was known to her as Leningrad. At the age of twenty-four she married an American and came to the United States with only a twenty kilogram suitcase to start a new life. The bestselling author of A Mountain of Crumbs and Russian Tattoo, she has a Doctorate in Language Education and currently lives in New Jersey. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Daily Telegraph, on BBC Radio, and in a number of literary magazines.

Books by this Author

Russian Tattoo
A Mountain of Crumbs


Author Revealed

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Acting, of course - to catch up with my actress sister

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. My mother's soup called "chanakhi."

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I would like to meet Chekhov.  He was kind and gentle, eager to support other writers.  I would like to ask him how he'd learned so much about people and about life.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Going to the theatre to see plays. To see other people's lives unfold before me.

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