Nestor, the teenage son of Russian immigrants, is about to graduate from high school in a small town in cold war America. Caught between his mother's obsession with Russian tradition, and his father's desire to assimilate and prove himself as an American citizen, Nestor confronts the rites of passage of second-generation sons and daughters of immigrants. Created in retrospect from the milieu of the Russian community of Richmond, Maine, this is the story of a young adult, wise beyond his years, whose precocity adds another layer to his alienation mitigated by his relationship with Morgana. Mysterious events seem to reach out of the past to assist him in his quest. As Nestor, Nikolai Dejevsky navigates between authentic memory and imagination, reflecting the changing identity of the American Dream.
Nikolai Dejevsky was born in a WWII refugee camp in Germany, arriving three years later in Solon, Maine. Dejevsky wrote Novgorod in the Early Middle Ages for his doctorate at Oxford. He served as project manager for Reuters in Moscow, where he witnessed the fall of the Iron Curtain. He is also the author of poetry of Maine, Moods and Memories.