The book: MY FRIEND, MY ENEMY
They spent their childhood summers together near the Caspian Sea, but Nadezhda and Alla lost touch, and it was only 20 years later that Fate re-united them. By then, Alla had suffered a devastating loss in the Russia-Chechnya war, and had been recruited for a mission of revenge.
Their friendship re-kindled, the two women share a Moscow apartment and find their lives entwined in unexpected and dramatic ways. Can a friend also be an enemy?
This is a story of how Nadezhda and Alla--‘almost sisters’--confront secrets, family losses and terrorist misadventure, and discover the limits and ultimate sacrifices of their friendship.
The author: STEWART GOODINGS
A former federal and provincial civil servant and international consultant. He lives in Comox and My Friend, My Enemy is his first novel. In his spare time, he helps to organize a literary festival on Denman Island, and has read several short works at that festival. He was inspired to write this novel by being part of many technical assistance projects in Russia and Ukraine to share Canada’s experience in public administration.