As a girl growing up in Voronezh, Russia, Lena Mikado loved the Southern classic novel, “Gone with the Wind.” Of course, she was reading it in her native language — Russian.
“I was the biggest fan of ‘Gone with the Wind.’ I read it probably like six or seven times,” she said.
But, she says, none of the strength or charm of the story was lost in translation. And it made her long to see the American state where the plot unfolds — that, of course, being Georgia. As fate would have it, she got her chance.
Elena Harrison is a woman of many talents. Author, linguist, belly dancer, wife and mother of three — the Russian native-turned Brunswick resident fully believes in embracing life.
And hers has been a wild ride. Harrison first visited the Golden Isles as a foreign exchange student in the early 2000s. There, she worked on Sea Island and met a local musician, Chris, who would soon become her husband.
It was a whirlwind love affair with a string of events that seemed to pop out of the pages of a rom-com. Their story was so incredible that Harrison decided she best write it down, mostly so that the couple’s children would have an account of how the unlikely match happened.
Please join me to celebrate my new novel, A Year in the Sky, at the beautiful gallery in downtown Brunswick - Sawgrass Artist Market, which will be carrying both of my books starting June 21! I will do a little reading and a little signing, and all of us will do a little wine sipping. Yes, you heard me right - there will be wine! I hope to see you there!