Monday, December 12, 2011

"Imprisoned: Svetlana Garetova's Memoir" by Ann Carbine Best

Do you believe in miracles? Do you believe in fairy tales? If you don't, you might after reading Imprisoned: Svetlana Garetova's Memoir by Ann Carbine Best.

"Imprisoned" resonates with Best's well-sculptured prose that says more between the lines than many books say within their lines. But this story is not about Best, it's about Svetlana.

Svetlana's memoir engrosses you with the story of the brutality that strikes her unexpectedly, and how hope and promise turn into despair and futility. But it is Svetlana's response that turns despair and futility back into hope and promise. It's the story of a Russian immigrant escaping the Russian mafia and searching for a new home, but who finds a prison instead, and once again must escape from someone who might kill her. It is through her courage, and perhaps a few miracles as well, that she finds her freedom a second time.

While this is a story that disturbs, with it's honesty, it is also a story that shows that you can survive and find freedom and happiness after all.

Imprisoned: Svetlana Garetova's Memoir is available at both Smashwords and Amazon at the links below.


Clarissa Draper said...

I read it and I agree. It's disturbing but it's also a story that gives you hope.

Ann Best said...

Thank you, Clarissa, for your review.

And thank you, Richard, for yours! I'm sorry I'm late getting over here. This wasn't a good day and I forgot everything I was supposed to do! But this post cheered me up, and I'll post one tomorrow to guide my followers over here! Svetlana's story has stayed with me all these years, and I'm glad you, and Clarissa, found it engrossing. I was so startled when Svetlana told me her story; I could never have made this up!
Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror & Other Memoirs

Nancy Thompson said...

Sounds intriguing! And anyone who knows me, knows I have this thing about the Russian Mafia. Iv'e had my share of entanglements with them myself. Hence, my book.

Arlee Bird said...

Excellent review. You have made this book sound like a very enticing read.

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Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Richard and Ann .. I do want to get to read your books and will do .. excellent review - and as Richard says has more in it than will meet the eye - interesting and should inspire many of us - who are in easier, more comfortable positions ..

Thanks to you both .. Have good Christmases and New Years .. and all the best in 2012 - Hilary