This novel focuses on a close-knit immigrant Russian community in a Pennsylvania mining town. It charts the quest of a thirteen-year old boy to find his vanished mother. Although I found the pace of the story quite slow, the characterisation of the eccentric family and neighbours were vivid and engaging enough to keep me engrossed in the book.
Upstairs, I asked Great-grandfather, 'How'd that big mirror get turned around?'
'You think I did, don't you? How could I? I can't do nothing but sleep and choke on this ghost.'
'It doesn't make sense.'
'You think there's someplace where things are making sense?'