My Pink Road to Russia: Tales of Amazons, Peasants, and Queers presents an engaging mix of Sonja Franeta’s stories, memoir, poems, articles, and interviews. This radical lesbian from an immigrant Slavic family connects with her passion for Russia and finds out some touching as well as dangerous facts about queers in that mysterious country. The stories range from the seeds of a queer life planted in a high school girl on the verge of coming out, to reflections on the challenges of teaching, to an article about a Siberian lesbian the author interviewed who was later murdered. Franeta shares her enthusiasm for Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva, chronicles the motivation and complexities of humanitarian trips to
Kosovo and a township in South Africa, and mines her memory for unique and universal tales about her family from the former Yugoslavia.