Loved the ending - the whole book was amazing!
Alexander and his mother Elena escape communist Russia hidden in a case of vodka smuggled into the hold of one of two ships sailing out of Leningrad. One ship heads to England while the other ship heads to America.
The story splits into two parallel lives: Sasha & Elena arrive in London while Alex & Elena arrive in New York City. Each of their lives over the next thirty years are told of the milestones in their lives as the chapters change between Sasha & Alex.
I won't spoil the plot by saying any more about this wonderfully ingenious plot.