The Russian Word for Snow

A True Story of Adoption by Janis Cooke Newman

  • Published: Sep 15, 2020

Janis Cooke Newman first saw the baby who would become her son on a videotape. He was 10 months old and naked, lying on a metal changing table while a woman in a white lab coat and a babushka tried to make him smile for the camera. Four months later, the... read more

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Details of The Russian Word for Snow

Exact title of the book
The Russian Word for Snow
Book author
Janis Cooke Newman
ISBN
9781466852358
Publisher
St. Martin's Publishing Group
Published
Sep 03, 2013
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
224
File size (in PDF)
2016 kB

Some brief overview of book

Janis Cooke Newman first saw the baby who would become her son on a videotape. He was 10 months old and naked, lying on a metal changing table while a woman in a white lab coat and a babushka tried to make him smile for the camera. Four months later, the Newmans traveled to Moscow to get their son.

Russia was facing its first democratic election, and the front-runner was an anti-American Communist who they feared would block adoptions. For nearly a month, the Newmans spent every day at the orphanage with the child they'd named Alex, waiting for his adoption to be approved. As Russia struggled with internal conflict, the metro line they used was bombed, and another night, the man who was to sign their papers was injured in a car-bombing.

Finally, when the Newmans had begun to consider kidnapping, their adoption coordinator, through the fog of a hangover, made the call Alex was theirs. Written with a keen sense of humor, The Russian Word for Snow is a clear-eyed look at the experience of making a family through adoption.

About author

Cooke Newman is a frequent contributor to Salon. com and other magazines. Her stories have appeared in several anthologies, including Travelers' Tales. She lives in northern California with her husband and their son.

The author is donating 10 percent of her proceeds from The Russian Word for Snow to funds that provide financial assistance to people adopting internationally.

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