"My mama became a catfish when I was two, on the day I stopped talking."
Neglected since birth by her mother, Irina Myshko hasn’t spoken a word for most of her short Soviet life. Outcast as a mute idiot and abused by her mother's boyfriends, she escapes into an alternate reality where true natures show and people are revealed as the beasts they are. Pregnant, homeless, and penniless, Irina has to make a choice — learn to live in this splintered world or descend into madness.
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Terrifying and Fantastic
Irkadura is a fantastic novel filled with characters you want to root for, hateable characters you want to destroy and moments of revenge that made me cheer aloud as I read. Sometimes my jaw dropped as I read and there were moments that made me want to hide. Irkadura is terrifying. It made me uncomfortable. I loved it.