Two Dollar Radio, 2021.New Book.
Paperback. 188 pp.
A Door Behind a Door is loose, dreamy, and symbol-packed... The resurfacing of characters from Olga's past in her new city speaks to the theme of immigration in the novel, of new homes and the passage from old to new--a passage that is perhaps not ever fully complete in the sense that the past cannot be shaken. --Marta Balcewicz, Ploughshares
In Yelena Moskovich's spellbinding new novel, A Door Behind A Door, we meet Olga, who immigrates as part of the Soviet diaspora of '91 to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There she grows up and meets a girl and falls in love, beginning to believe that she can settle down. But a phone call from a bad man from her past brings to life a haunted childhood in an apartment building in the Soviet Union: an unexplained murder in her block, a supernatural stray dog, and the mystery of her beloved brother Moshe, who lost an eye and later vanished. We get pulled into Olga's past as she puzzles her way through an underground Midwestern Russian mafia, in pursuit of a string of mathematical stabbings.
Yelena Moskovich was born in the former USSR and emigrated to the USA with her family as Jewish refugees in 1991. She studied theater at Emerson College and at the Lecoq School of Physical Theatre in Paris. Her plays and performances have been produced in the US, Canada, France and Sweden. She is the author of the novels The Natashas and Virtuoso. She has also written for New Statesman and Paris Review and in French for Mixt(e) Magazine, won the 2017 Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize in 2017 and was a curator for the 2018 Los Angeles Queer Biennial. She lives in Paris.