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From Misery to Mystery

Teenage years? Quarter-life crisis? Mid-life crisis? How about an all-life crisis? Everyone has been through a series of transformations in life, some more defining than others. The newly released book by Lydia Istomina, “From Misery to Mystery,” reveals her personal story as she deals with various aspects of forced and voluntary change of life. The book is a collection of short stories that cover Lydia’s life in Russia and Kansas City, dealing with transition, cultural stereotypes and their frequent absurdities, about being a woman, a single mom, a wife, a foreigner, a pastor, and, simply, a human being trying to find herself.