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Rick Furmanek
Stranded in Moscow


Original Airdate: July 30, 1997

 

About the Author

Rick Furmanek is an American author that 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, Arizona, he started to manage a band called the Threshing Floor, for several years. However, he decided to move his family to Moscow, Russia to endeavor investing in a hotel business managed by his brother in-law living in there. 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 are too big, and his family struggles to blend into Russian culture. They are forced to draw upon extraordinary resource in order to survive Moscow’s volatile climate. His children become sick with one of them getting ringworm, and struggle in school due to not speaking Russian. Furmanek’s novel takes the reader through his family’s experiences of being targeted by scam artist, and his unknowingly break with a Russian gangster.

 



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