In Two Big Differences, Zinaida is returning to Odesa, Ukraine, after having lived in the U.S., where she met her travel companion, Valentine. As somebody from Odesa, Zina has a deadly sharp sense of humor, which is a tool for survival since their return takes place during the 2014 Ukrainian Spring (Euromaidan), when one’s tongue can determine whether one lives or dies. In Odesa, they meet characters from Zina’s past and present, and each must decide on which side they stand.


“The quality of Singleton’s prose also bears the rhythms and influences of some of the Soviet masters—Kataev, Olesha and, I’d venture, Dovlatov.”

David Bezmozgis, author of Immigrant City


Brightly original, structurally inventive, thoughtful and wise…”

Mikhail Iossel, author of Love Like Water, Love Like Fire


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