Title: A Very Russian Christmas
Publishing House: New Vessel Press
Date of Publication: September 26th 2016
Rating: 5 stars
‘’A frosty day. From the window, one can see the fluffy white snow covering the streets, the roofs of homes, and the trees. An early twilight. The sky is turning blue.’’
Lida and I are standing by the window, looking at the sky,
‘’Nanny, is the star coming soon?’’, I asked.
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