In Mother Country, (Brilliance Audio) Kathleen Gati narrates the story of Nadia, a Ukrainian woman who is struggling to make her way in the U.S. and to bring her daughter to this country. Her quest is punctuated by flashbacks—deftly negotiated by Gati—that detail what brought Nadia herself to New York.


“The lengths she goes to to express her love for her daughter . . . I think you’ll love this book.”—Narrator Kathleen Gati

Mother Country
by Irina Reyn, read by Kathleen Gati
Brilliance Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award

This audiobook unfolds so quietly, so gently that its impact lingers long after it ends. Gati’s voice is warmly appealing, and her investment in the story, superb. She creates colorful characters with an energy that pulls the listener in. What especially shines is her skill with accents and vocal shifts. Gati gives all the characters in this audiobook distinctive voices, accents, and energy.

Kathleen Gati excels with Russian and Eastern European accents. Find historical fiction, memoir, and fantasy audiobooks in her audiography, and watch her earlier video about The Girl in the Tower.

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Irina Reyn’s new novel Mother Country is published by St. Martin’s Press and available now. Her second novel The Imperial Wife was published by Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Press in the summer of 2016. That novel was chosen by the Spertus Institute as a One Book/One Community read. It was featured in O. Magazine, Real Simple, Cosmopolitan and other publications. You can listen to an interview with Irina on NPR’s Weekend Edition here. Irina’s first novel What Happened to Anna K. was published by Touchstone/Simon & Schuster in August 2008. That novel was selected as an IndieBound Next Pick for August. It was also one of “Ten Best Books of the Year” by Entertainment Weekly, one of’s Best books of August 2008, and made both San Francisco Chronicle‘s and Washington Post‘s “Best Books of the Year List.” It won of the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction from the Foundation for Jewish Culture.