Meg Tells Our Story
Convergence by Meg Stone © 2020, All rights reserved
Language: English, 103,354 words, 466 photographs
When I met a Russian architect online, I had no idea she was literally fighting for her life. Our meeting a year later in Kyiv, unleashed a convergence of events that had us crossing the planet in a run for our lives and our love. I set out to save the life of this extraordinary woman, but in the end, I also saved my own.
Convergence is my account of our year-long struggle for freedom and love.
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Elena Tells Our Story
Talking to the Moon by Elena Ivanova © 2016, All rights reserved
Language: Russian, 64,000 words
Meeting Meg and my journey with her to the other side of the world shook up my whole life, my perception of the universe and my place in it. The events that changed me most profoundly, I recall in my Russian language memoir, Talking to the Moon: meeting Meg, escaping to her in Kyiv and our run for our lives and freedom to the Pacific coast of Canada.
Our Journey Goes On
Parallel by Elena Ivanova © 2019, All rights reserved
Language: Russian, 73,000 words
For years, I've wondered what would have become of me if I didn't meet Meg and escape from my world in Russia. Would I stand up for my life and live it the way I want to? Would I survive people who were destroying me? Is it even possible to go on in a society where support and empathy are nearly extinct, despotism is a way of life and your future is shaped by others. I answer these questions in my latest book, Parallel, when a parallel reality from 2005 entangles with the reality Meg and I are living now.
Two worlds -- two parallel realities -- connect on an old aircraft carrier in South Carolina.
In one of the two lifelines is YELENA in Russia in 2005. The crucial moment is fast approaching: she must choose to give in to societal expectations and her mother’s demands, or attempt the unthinkable -- stand up for herself and her own self-determination.
In the other timeline is ELENA, Yelena’s counterpart in 2018 Charleston, twelve years older. Having fled the very world Yelena lives in, Elena is going through a struggle of her own -- the freedom she gained, years ago, by sailing across the planet with the woman she loved, gave her her life, but left her with no community and no place to call home.
The unstable nature of the connection between their two worlds prevents the women from relying solely on their tenuous link through time and space. When their paths diverge, each of them must find the strength to make their own way through life, despite the circumstances.