6,511 Miles from Derbent

Matryoshka Stories

by Tatyana Clark



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/6/2018

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 152
ISBN : 9781480858503
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 152
ISBN : 9781480858510

About the Book

The exact distance between Derbent, Russia, and Logan, Utah, is 6,511 miles.
That may be hard for a child to comprehend, but Tanya would always joke with her parents that if they made her mad, she was going to pick up and move to the United States of America. No one paid attention to her.
In fact, as Tanya grew older, everyone discouraged her from setting her sights on the U.S.A.—and they even claimed that it was not possible.
But the girl from a remote town by the Caspian Sea in the Caucus Mountains region of the Russian Federation would overcome everyone’s doubts and earn a full athletic scholarship to Utah State University.
In this memoir, she tells the dramatic story of how big ambitions led her from being a girl with limited opportunities in the U.S.S.R. and post-communist Russia to a successful woman with a loving family in the United States.
If you’re interested in the social history of the Soviet Union and Russia, enjoy reading memoirs of immigrants, or simply love inspirational stories, then you need to read 6,511 Miles from Derbent.

I would especially like to thank my friend, Jon P, for his help in Proof-Reading my story. Vasiliy Kuznetsov of Moscow, Russia for advising and interviewing me through the process. My husband and my children for their support and love.

About the Author

Tatyana Clark grew up in Russia with limited opportunities, but she was never afraid to dream big. She worked hard to achieve her athletic and life goals and made the Armenian national track and field team at age sixteen. She competed in world championships, European championships, and youth Olympics, and ended up triple-jumping all the way to America. She lives in the United States of America with her husband and three children.