Sometime in the future, the polar ice caps have melted and the world's oceans and seas have covered the land. People are few and far between, living in small communities at sea or sailing from one to another as traders. All the people seek dry land.. something nobody has seen.
This is the story of a very free-spirited Russian girl, a dutiful and skeptical American reporter, and the improbable love they shared. It is also an intimate portrait of the curious country that sparked their love and made it impossible. The tragic tale is not merely a delightful read but also a classic of its kind. In The Girl From Petrovka, writes The New Yorker magazine, Feifer has written the only good American novel about modern Russian life that I can remember Oktyabrina Matvyeva joins the ranks of memorableand heroicwomen of modern fiction.