Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: RUSSIAN WINTER by Daphne Kalotay

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by Daphne Kalotay

Harper
On Sale: 9/7/2010
Fiction
Tr 9780061962165
$25.99 ($33.99)
480 pages

Description (from the publisher):
When she decides to auction her remarkable jewelry collection, Nina Revskaya, once a great star of the Bolshoi ballet, believes she has drawn a curtain on her past. Instead, the aged dancer finds herself overwhelmed by memories of her homeland and of the events—both glorious and heartbreaking—that changed the course of her life half a century before.

It was in Russia that she discovered the magic of the theatre; that she fell in love with the poet Viktor Elsin; that she and her dearest companions—Gersh, a dangerously irreverent composer, and the exquisite Vera, Nina’s closest friend—became victims of Stalinist aggression; that a terrible discovery led to a deadly act of betrayal—and to an ingenious escape that eventually brought her to the city of Boston.

Nina has hidden her dark secrets for half a lifetime. But two people will not let the past rest—Drew Brooks, an inquisitive young associate director at the Boston auction house, and a Russian professor named Grigori Solodin who believes that a unique set of amber jewels may hold the key to his own ambiguous past. Together, these unlikely partners find themselves unraveling a literary mystery whose answers will hold life-changing consequences for them all.

Artfully interweaving past and present, Moscow and New England, the behind-the-scenes tumult of theatre life and the transformative power of art, Daphne Kalotay’s luminous debut novel, an ingeniously plotted page turner of the highest literary order, captures the joy, uncertainty, and terror of lives powerless to withstand the forces of history, while affirming that even in the presence of evil, suspicion, and fear the human spirit reaches for transcendence and love.

About the author (from the publisher):
Daphne Kalotay attended Boston University’s Creative Writing Program, where her stories won the school’s Florence Engel Randall Fiction Prize and a Transatlantic Review Award from The Henfield Foundation. Author of the acclaimed fiction collection Calamity and Other Stories, she has received fellowships from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the La Napoule Foundation, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony, and is a recipient of the W. K. Rose Fellowship in the Creative Arts from Vassar College. She has taught creative writing at Boston University, Middlebury College, and Skidmore College, and lives in the Boston area.

15 comments:

Zibilee said...

Oh, this book sounds right up my alley, and I just love the cover! I am adding this one to the wish list. Thanks so much for posting this!!

Jill said...

Totally sucked in by the description and the beautiful cover...going on my list!

Alayne said...

Ooh this sounds amazing! Great pick. My WOW is at The Crowded Leaf.

bermudaonion said...

That sounds fabulous and I adore the cover!

librarypat said...

This sounds like an interesting book. Times of revolution change so many lives and hide so many truths. I'll have to keep an eye open for this one.

Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Nice pick - it sounds really good!

Wendy said...

Sounds interesting and I like the cover too :)

PolishOutlander said...

This sounds like a lovely pick!

Tina's Blog said...

This one sounds great...I am adding it to my list!

librarypat said...

Sounds like a wonderful book. I am still deciding what my next one will be.

Scully Love Promo said...

I have to agree! This sounds like a very intriguing book and it's one I'm going to put on my must read list. Thanks so much!

Tina said...

Thanks for a great pick---I hadn't heard about this one and have put it on the list.

Suko said...

Russian Winter looks and sounds enticing.

As for me, I'm not waiting for any books--they are waiting for me. I am behind in my reading! :)

bookmagic said...

I love the cover. This sounds like a good one, I love Russian themed books

Book Sake said...

This looks like a good read and I'm loving the cover as well.

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