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Rick Furmanek
Stranded in Moscow

Original Airdate: July 30, 1997


About the Author

Rick Furmanek is an American author who lived in Tucson, Arizona. He was a missionary who held a master’s degree in religion, and he helped start the Desert Springs Presbyterian Church in Tucson in 1987. While living in Tucson, he started to manage a band called the Threshing Floor, for several years. However, he decided to move his family to Moscow, Russia to invest in a hotel business managed by his brother-in-law. After struggling to assimilate to Russian culture, he moved back to the United States with his family in 1994. After arriving, he decided to write a novel describing their lives and experiences as an American family moving to Russia after the collapse of communism.


About this Book

"Stranded in Moscow" explores the life of an American family of four and their life-changing decision to move to Russia in the 1990s. Furmanek, a computer specialist, decides to move to Russia to work for a few years with his wife and two children. However, the gap between the American and Russian culture is too big, and his family struggles to blend into Russian culture. They are forced to draw upon extraordinary resources in order to survive Moscow’s volatile climate. His children become sick, one of them getting ringworm, and they struggle in school because they can't speak Russian. Furmanek’s novel takes the reader through his family’s experiences of being targeted by a scam artist and his break with a Russian gangster.


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