5/5 This beautiful story just took my breath away. It did not make me laugh...there was nothing light hearted or amusing. It did make me cry. This cold-hearted woman/mother certainly had a reason for it (at least for her)...survival and guilt. When at last she was able to tell the story of her life to her daughters, they understood, and what a story it was. Her childhood and life as a young woman under Stalin‘s Russia. Terrific writing! Awesome!