"A quirky and wonderful new voice in American fiction. Emily Rubin's wise and funny debut is a fresh take on the immigrant story, a new angle on the joy and pain of change."
~Sam Lipsyte, author of The Ask
"A marvelous, captivating debut novel."
~Russian Life Magazine
"Mordantly funny, deliciously human, Rubin's tale of a self-possessed survivor brings zest to the literature of immigration and adaptation."
"[Rubin] respects the often harrowing histories of her Russian characters and, most importantly, is true to human nature, to our weaknesses and superstitions, to the strengths and frailties of our friendships, and to the baggage of the past that we bring with us no matter where we go."
~Daphne Kalotay, author of Russian Winter
"Stalina is a highly accomplished, imaginative work, an impressive debut. Emily Rubin is a writer to watch."
~Jonathan Baumbach, author of B
"Emily Rubin's Stalina is an engaging international epic, a funny feminist treatise and a wise and emotionally satisfying serious novel all at the same time. Like Amy Bloom's bestselling novel Away it has a sweeping voice and universal appeal. An insightful, impressive debut."
~Susan Shapiro, author of Overexposed and Speed Shrinking
"Stalina Folskaya is a survivor – one with vim, vigor, intelligence and a sense of humor."
~Suzanne Wasserman, Ph.D, Historian and Film Maker