Valerie Laken received an MA in Russian literature and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan, where she currently teaches creative writing and composition. Her stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Meridian, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. She recently completed a collection of short stories dealing with disability and is at work on a novel. 
Mar 01 2004
Instead of the gold-plated onion domes Josie had hoped for, the view from their room revealed only the grimy, cement backside of the Oktyabrskaya metro station, where a few merchants had set up tables selling flimsy newsprint magazines bearing pictures of naked women.