by Michelle Carter
Publication date: November 2017
Michelle Carter at age fifty, married and the mother of two children in their early twenties, left her job as managing editor of a suburban daily newspaper in the San Francisco Bay area in 1995 to move to Russia for a year as a United States Information Agency Journalist-in-Residence.
There she traveled across the thirteen time zones of this enormous country, working with newspaper editors who struggled to adapt to the new concepts of press freedom and a market economy. She became an on-the-scene witness to the second great Russian revolution. She viewed Russia from her flat on the embankment of the Moscow River and from her sometimes humorous shoulder-to-shoulder participation in the life of the largest country in the world.
At the same time, she embarked on a personal journey that wrenched her life in a way she could never have anticipated when she accepted her husband’s challenge to take this assignment and culminate her eight years of work and travel in the former Soviet Union.
Why we signed From Under the Russian Snow . . .
“We were fascinated by the premise. American journalist teaching the newly fallen USSR newspaper folks how to cover the news with grant money from US. I loved the inside, yet still American viewpoint of that peeks into the Russia mystique. The blending of her family/husband situations and her work in the field was compelling. Learning more about post USSR, Russian mentality, and the burden of being Russian. Local Bay Area writer we can relate to and have read her work.”
From the Author . . .
This is the second book to grow out of my experiences in the former Soviet Union. The first, Children of Chernobyl: Raising Hope From the Ashes, was co-written with Michael J. Christensen and published by Augsburg Publishing, in 1993. Augsburg’s Book of the Year, it was presented formally at the American Booksellers Association convention in Miami that year. A television interview on the book tour for Children of Chernobyl brought me to the attention of the U.S. Information Agency which was looking for a newspaper editor with experience in Russia.
I have used as resources the newspaper columns that I wrote while I was in Russia, my personal journal and the e-mail correspondence that linked me to my family and friends when I was 10,000 miles away. It weaves “slice of life” stories of my year as an ex-patriate (living among Russians, depending on my “survival skill” Russian) with my very personal journey through separation from my family, the loss of my husband. and the search for secure footing afterward.
About the Author . . .
Michelle Carter is a professional journalist with a thirty-year career in daily newspapering (The Kansas City Star and The San Mateo Times) and a twelve-year stint as a journalism instructor at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, she has been writing professionally for most of her adult life. From Under the Snow is the second book to grow out of her experiences in the former Soviet Union. The first, Children of Chernobyl: Raising Hope From the Ashes, was co-written with Michael J. Christensen and published by Augsburg Publishing of Minneapolis. Carter has two children, a daughter (a published short story writer), a son (a teacher and school administrator), and a grandson (an avid blogger). A magazine editor, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, a retired airline captain and flying instructor, and their cat. Life is good.