Had a great time reading at Hidden Compass’s first anniversary celebration!


Tania Romanov Amochaev, at a recent event for Mother Tongue.

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What language did you speak with your mother? With your father? With your brother? For Tania Romanov there are three different answers.

Mother Tongue follows the lives of three generations of women― Katarina, Zora, and Tania―over the last 100 years. It follows countries that dissolved, formed, and reformed. Lands that were conquered and subjugated by Fascists and Nazis and nationalists. Lives lived in exile, in refugee camps, in new worlds.


The Balkans are a tangle many of us tend to gloss over because we can’t get inside it. With this fascinating memoir, Tania Romanov takes us there.
— Tamim Ansary, "West of Kabul, East of New York"

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