By: Talia Carner
Books contain an intense magic, so powerful that it can transport us to a different time and place. Their authors wield the wands and the cant the spells that craft these journies for readers. These wizards of words have the ability to not only teach us about history, to but make us live it, to feel it. They weave together the threads of history, humanity, thought and perception to create the most vivid tapestries, which tell the stories of places, people and the events in which they partake. Talia Carner’s wand has created such a tapestry that vibrantly depicts a time and a place that most of us know almost nothing about. In her new book Hotel Moscow Carner tells us of the exciting yet tumultuous and dangerous time that she spent in Russia. During the year 1993, when she visited Russia she became caught up in a rebellion against President Yeltsin. Her story, Hotel Moscow is a vehicle to tell of the corruption, the violence and the hardships faced by Russian women and their families. I was very glad to have read this story as it taught me a history that I never would have known. It taught me lessons about humanity, about what we as people are capable of, both good and bad. And in the darkness, the corruption and the hardship, it demonstrated the indomitable power of hope.
What began as a treasure hunting holiday for one American business woman quickly became anything but. Brooke Fielding, an investor for a large firm in New York, cashes in her vacation days when the firm undergoes an acquisition. Unsure of what the future holds, Brooke travels to the newly opened Russia in search of potential business opportunities. Brooke is unsure of what she’ll find on her travels, as she returns to the land that her people fled not too long ago. In no way would she be able to prepare herself the situation that awaits her group in Moscow. Hoping to teach local women about business, Brooke quickly becomes the student as the group teaches her about the corruption, the mafia and the dangers that they face as business owners. As friendships grow Brooke finds herself being drawn into their situation, looking for a way to get to the bottom of the corruption and intimidation, and provide a better life for these women. I highly suggest picking up a copy of this book, as I believe that no one can better describe what Russia in 1993 was like better than Talia Carner.