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Save our souls, Mama!


Alyona was an unmarried 34-year-old editor for a glossy magazine. She had enough money but felt unfulfilled, so she left St. Petersburg and started working in a village that had been established for children in need of a family. In the village, unmarried women care for children who have had to flee abusive or neglectful parents who were often alcoholics or drug addicts. How is it different from a traditional orphanage? How does the village's director, former naval lieutenant Sergey Yakovenko, run everything and obtain funding? Do they see him as a director, or as a dad? Do they think of Alyona as their mother? What happens when the women in the village fall in love or when couples want to adopt the children? Can raising five children that aren't your own be as fulfilling as taking care of your own family?

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