1991, Doubleday Books
"Soviet Women" chronicles the Soviet Union's "new
wonderland of flux and surprises" through the eyes of an
astute observer and masterful prose stylist who is herself of
Russian descent and has traveled extensively in the U.S.S.R.
In these pages, we hear women from Riga to Irkutsk complain
about the double burdens of home and career with bitterness
and frequent anger, and with a candor only recently made possible
by 'glasnost'. We hear verdicts on Stalinism from women whose
lives incarnate both the tragedy of Soviet history and the immense
spiritual awakening that stirs the land. And we meet a new generation
of pioneers...battling the U.S.S.R.'s archaic bureaucracy...activists
from all walks of life striving to create more humane relationships
between individuals and the state. "Soviet Women"
is an engrossing and lyrical book filled with high drama and
humor, enriched by the author's considerable knowledge of Russian
culture. It is also a provocative document on a universal dilemma
of twentieth-century life - the paradoxes of women's equality.
"Gray's series of sharply focused, brilliantly incisive vignettes
add up to a remarkably revealing, often surprising profile of
Soviet women under glasnost ."
"Though written from interviews held only three years
ago, this fascinating book's pro-Gorbachov/perestroika enthusiasm
already has a fugitive feel. But the freshness and strength
of these voices from a culture in which 'women can do everything;
men can do the rest' easily withstand change. "
"The portraits are drawn with humor and warmth, interspersed
with history and social observation."
The New York Times
"An insightful look at Soviet women from all levels of