The eight stories in 'The Red Passport' portray the tumult, hopes, and disappointments of Russians and visiting Americans alike in post-Communist Russia. 'My Mother's Garden' reads like a parable of broken promises - an old woman living near Chernobyl does not understand why she can't eat those robust, lovely, enormous onions, better than any she'd grown for decades. 'Our American' is set in Moscow and tells the story of a thirteen year old boy who watches with fascination and dread as his older brother, a veteran of the Chechen war, pursues the naïve American girl next door. 'The Young People of Moscow' describes an extraordinary day in the life of an aging Russian couple selling Soviet poetry in an underground bazaar. In these stories, Shonk delves deeply into these people, finding both the nub of their disappointment and the truth of their good intentions.