From Under the Russian Snow is the title of a memoir I’ve written about the most remarkable — and most difficult — year of my life.
At age 50, married and the mother of two children in their early 20s, I left my job as managing editor of a daily newspaper in the
There I would travel across the eleven time zones of this enormous country, working with newspaper editors who were struggling to adapt to the new concepts of press freedom and a
At the same time, I would be embarking on a
“Under the snow” (podsnezhnik) is the name of the first flower to appear in the spring in Russia. A symbol of hope and renewal, it’s an apt metaphor for this memoir.
— Michelle Carter
From Under the Russian Snow is the second book to grow out of her experiences in the former Soviet Union. The first, Children of Chernobyl: Raising Hope From the Ashes, was co-written with Michael J. Christensen and published by Augsburg Publishing of Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1993. Augsburg’s Book of the Year, it was presented formally at the American Booksellers Association convention in Miami that year.
Carter, the married mother of two adult children, is also a grandmother. A magazine editor, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The author on the balcony of her Moscow flat.
Michelle Carter is a professional journalist with a thirty-year career in daily newspapering (The Kansas City Star and The San Mateo Times) and a twelve-year stint as a journalism instructor at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California. A graduate of the
Watch a YouTube video of an interview with Michelle Carter and Jill Klajic-Ryan of the Sonora Writers Group on From Under the Russian Snow. Click on the logo on the left to view the video.
Story Circle Network reviews From Under the Russian Snow: "Carter’s book certainly delivers the promised depiction of her professional efforts in a dramatically changing country at an extraordinary historical time . . . From Under the Russian Snow provides insights into a different culture and into people like ourselves, with families, friends,
An excerpt of From Under the Russian Snow won first place in the memoir category of the 2019 San Mateo County Fair. It's titled Women in Russia: It's Complicated. Click on the logo on the left to read the winning essay.
Author Michelle Carter discussed Women of Russia: It's Complicated in February 2022 to the Mid-Peninsula branch of the American Association of University Women. Here's a link to her speech.