Just finsihed reading
Abandon: Love and Communism in Central Asia - David Gallagher
Short novel set in Kyrgyzstan during the transistion from communism to democracy. The author spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching English in small villages in this country.
The novel is about a boy called Tashtan and a girl called Kerez. Both were abandoned as babies. Tashtan was adopted into a poor family, Kerez into a rich one. They are drawn together because they were both foundlings but Kerez's father is against any relationship between the two because he wants a good brideprice for his daughter.
Though the story was rather predictable, the novel was an interesting look at everyday village life in a country I knew next to nothing about.