“My Grandfather Danced the Best” is a series of stories about five families whose children meet at school on 1 September in the first year of Ukraine’s independence, and remain friends for life.
“Then, a tall girl blinked resolutely and released the hand of her classmate who had managed to forget his anxieties, such was the extent of everything which was new and inconceivable, and she moved her thin fingers along Lilitchka’s collar. From the collar, she unfastened a plastic mouse, a shiny grey brooch with touches of pink, and held it on her open palm for the weeping boy to take. ‘This is for you’, she said. “A gift. Please, stop crying. Stop right now.”. Then it seemed he stopped. Maybe not right away, but he definitely did.”