Love & Vodka: My Surreal Adventures in Ukraine (Paperback)

My Surreal Adventures in Ukraine

By R. J. Fox

Fish Out of Water Books, 9780989908702, 286pp.

Publication Date: November 11, 2015



Love & Vodka is a book with broad appeal. It is a unique hybrid of travel memoir and love story that seamlessly blends humor, culture shock, and romance. It is about taking a chance in life and seeing where it leads, as well as learning more about the world--and about yourself. The world is large and full of potential; one just needs to be willing to take a gamble and explore the possibilities that exist.

Bobby is over the moon after sharing a bike on the E.T. ride at Universal Studios with Katya. Join our "intrepid crusader" as he takes a leap of faith--traveling from comfortable "have-a-nice day...and have-a-warm-shower" suburban Detroit to the former center of Cold War Soviet missile production. And unbeknownst to anyone but himself, he's bringing an engagement ring Experience life in a city that, until the mid-1980s, was closed to foreign visitors. R.J. Fox's humorous, poignant, and memorable expedition is punctuated by a colorful cast of characters, adventures, and cultural mishaps and misunderstandings--from irate babushka women to hard-drinking uncles. Lesser mortals might have "phoned home" to be rescued. Armchair travelers and romantics--you will find yourself both schooled in hard knocks and heartened to have shared in the unforgettable experience of Love & Vodka

"Za vashe zdorovie

About the Author

R.J. Fox is an English and video production teacher who uses his own dream of making movies to inspire his students to follow their dreams. He has previously worked in public relations and as a journalist. He is the writer and director of several short films and has written short stories, plays, poems, and several feature-length screenplays. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Praise For Love & Vodka: My Surreal Adventures in Ukraine

"Love & Vodka is an honest, funny, and deeply heartfelt story about a young man who drops everything to pursue an epic romance. If you’ve ever done something crazy in the name of love, R.J. Fox’s adventures in Ukraine will strike a chord. This book is a delight!"

— Davy Rothbart, Author, 'My Heart is an Idiot' and founder of 'FOUND Magazine'

"From the violent rugby scrum at the airport baggage carousel to inoperable midnight plumbing and a potential grandmother-in-law who doubles as the queen of serial vodka shots, R.J. Fox stumbles through one misadventure after another, all in the name of love. The reader is along for the ride and will walk away shaky-legged, enlightened, and undoubtedly able to correctly pronounce Dnipropetrovsk!"

— Jeff Kass, Author, 'Knuckleheads,' Independent Publishers Gold-Medal Winning Best Short Fiction Collection