Zara grew up in the other side of the USSR - Vladivostok and lives with her mother and grandmother. She goes to work in her maternal grandfather's homeland, Germany, but it's not a wonderful experience. She manages to escape her pimps and ends up in Aliide's home.
- If a women has to choose to save her child or her husband, who should be sacrificied?
- Was it selfish of Aliide to do what she needed to survive the Stalinist terror, given the decision that Ingel (Zara's grandmother) made so many years ago?
- What is home in a society that all should be shared?
It was hard to read this book; certain portions are truly horrific. I did more homework, but I still wanted to find out more, so I gave myself permission to read a bit, but I had to sacrifice my sleep. And it was worth it!
Some people didn't like how Zara escaped and called it unrealistic. It isn't; I saw several episodes of Law and Order: SVU where people escaped their pimps. L&O:SVU is based on actual events.
Here are some of the book covers for other translations of Purge. There is a reading guide availble, if some of the storyline is confusing. And here's a brief history of Estonian Germans to explain how Zara's grandfather ended up there.