Vladimri A. Shvarstman
"How to Paint Chickens" is a collection of short stories that follow Mr. Shvarstman from his childhood in Siberia to his adulthood in the United States. I found his recollections of growing up in Siberia to be absolutely fascinating. His stories of having been raised in a poor area where governmental control reigned supreme were very eye opening for me. Reading about how his family struggled to maintain what possessions they had, including chickens, was interesting and entertaining. I also gained a deeper appreciation for what opportunities I have had living in the United States.
The last half of the book focuses on dialogue from some of his potential mates. While there were some interesting points made in this section, I found some of the material to be too lengthy and this detracted from some of the story.