Thread buys sharp-witted essay collection from Soviet émigré turned American citizen

Nina Winters has acquired World All Language rights for a voicy, hilarious collection of essays from Russian-born journalist and author Margarita Gokun Silver, to be published in summer 2021. In 1989, Margarita convinced her Soviet-Jewish family to escape the Soviet Union and look for greener pastures in the United States. She had just one goal: to become fully American as soon as possible and leave her Soviet past behind – but this turned out to be harder that she’d thought. With her signature sharp wit, Margarita chronicles her experience growing as an immigrant and a woman in a world that often doesn’t appreciate either, and tackles heavy subjects like experiencing anti-Semitism and escaping the Soviet authorities with the same sense of humour she uses to talk about raising her teenage daughter and getting rid of her Russian habits. Margarita’s previous work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Guardian.

Nina Winters said:

‘This proposal immediately jumped out at me, and I found myself rereading the sample material over and over again, audibly chuckling. Margarita’s writing is simply hilarious and fits in naturally among the heavyweights in this genre like Samantha Irby and Jen Mann. But this book is more than just a series of observations – Margarita shows us a unique perspective on life as an immigrant escaping an oppressive regime and religious intolerance, gives us an insight into a little-known part of history, and shows us – with a sharp sense of humour – what it is like to grow into your newly forged identity.’

Margarita said:

‘I’m thrilled to be publishing this essay collection with Thread. Their team has been a pleasure to work with—everyone’s been supportive, committed to the process, and excited for this book to be published. I hope Bookouture’s strong emphasis on creatively promoting their authors will ensure this collection will reach its readers and help shine some (often humorous) light on what it’s like to be an immigrant.’