Did you know that during the Great Depression, thousands of Americans packed up, sold their possessions, and struck out on their own to start new lives… in Soviet Russia?
Yes, it is true. The book I’m currently reading, The Forsaken: An American Tragedy in Stalin’s Russia by Tim Tzouliadis tells the story of Americans who went to Russia in search of something better, only to be arrested and killed along with their Russian compatriots in Stalin’s Great Terror. (I’m still at the beginning of the book, so I haven’t yet read the details of what will happen to them in the late 1930s.) So far, the book is fascinating and I’m greatly enjoying it.