Tanya, an educated Russian woman, works full time at an elderly, wealthy couple‘s house in Manhattan‘s Museum area. Her everyday encounters with her employer, Arthur Bademan and her dealings with his distinguished wife Cecily for whom she has been hired as a companion become increasingly puzzling. The longer Tanya stays with the old couple, the more unsettling is their odd behaviour.
Could it be possible that the clue to the mystery lies concealed in her memories from post-stalinist era Leningrad? Or perhaps it is to be found in a famous painting she chances upon in one of the rooms of the Museum of Modern Art?
Published for the first time, this intriguing, psychological novel by A. M. Sorokina gives a rare insight into the world of the wealthy, cosmopolitan New Yorkers populating the smartest neighbourhoods of Manhattan and the counter-world of their illegal, immigrant servants. It is also a marvellous story of the clash of two different cultures, of self-confident western consumerism pitted mercilessly against the system of old values.