The Genius Under the Table
Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain
author/illustrator: Eugene Yelchin
Drama, family secrets, and a KGB spy in his own kitchen! How will Yevgeny ever fulfill his parentsí dream that he become a national hero when he doesnít even have his own room? Heís not a star athlete or a legendary ballet dancer. In the tiny apartment he shares with his Baryshnikov-obsessed mother, poetry-loving father, continually outraged grandmother, and safely talented brother, all Yevgeny has is his little pencil, the underside of a massive table, and the doodles that could change everything. With equal amounts charm and solemnity, award-winning author and artist Eugene Yelchin recounts in hilarious detail his childhood in Cold War Russia as a young boy desperate to understand his place in his family.
With a masterful mix of comic timing and disarming poignancy, Newbery Honoree Eugene Yelchin offers a memoir of growing up in Cold War Russia.