How often do you stop and think about the horrors of the world? I guess the answer to that question varies greatly from person to person. Some may not want to read a novel about a young woman who finds herself in an unspeakable position, but I challenge you to open your mind to various works of fiction and the impact they can have on our society. Today I’ll be highlighting Twisted by Lola Smirnova, an author who broaches a harrowing topic inspired by her real life experience.
Three sisters make an unimaginable choice when faced with poverty in Ukraine after the fall of the Soviet Union. While the novel may be fiction, the sex trade is a brutal reality for many young women throughout the world. Wow! The subject matter may be dark, but I am incredibly fascinated by the journey of Julia and her sisters.
A heart-breaking and moving story of the seedy underbelly of society that sex workers are forced to inhabit. The book is well-written with a vivid, visceral style and some beautifully observed insights into the human condition.
Gripping from the outset, this tale of three Ukrainian sisters also provides family drama and some revealing glimpses into a country struggling to recover from communism. Contemporary, relevant, riveting and highly recommended.