Andrei Makine tells the story of a young French boy who grows up spending the summers with his grandmother at her village in Saranza, Russia, which is in the Siberia area of that country.
As he grows up, he learns more and more about his grandmother’s life and it ultimately changes his own perspective of who he himself is.
This book was originally written in French and translated into other languages, including English. The translator found it pertinent to leave in some of the French terms to make the story more interesting to the reader. The result is a novel that tells a charming story while teaching the reader a little bit about the history between the two countries and the people who live there.
It’s not one of the best books I’ve read, but I did enjoy it.