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Russian Winter - Daphne Kalotay
Russian Winter
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A mysterious jewel holds the key to a life-changing secret, in this breathtaking tale of love and art, betrayal and redemption.When she decides to auction her remarkable jewelry collection, Nina Revskaya, once a great star of the Bolshoi Ballet, believes she has finally drawn a curtain on her... show more
A mysterious jewel holds the key to a life-changing secret, in this breathtaking tale of love and art, betrayal and redemption.When she decides to auction her remarkable jewelry collection, Nina Revskaya, once a great star of the Bolshoi Ballet, believes she has finally drawn a curtain on her past. Instead, the former ballerina 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 ago.It was in Russia that she discovered the magic of the theater; that she fell in love with the poet Viktor Elsin; that she and her dearest companions—Gersh, a brilliant composer, and the exquisite Vera, Nina’s closest friend—became victims of Stalinist aggression. And it was in Russia that a terrible discovery incited a deadly act of betrayal—and an ingenious escape that led Nina to the West and eventually to Boston.Nina has kept her secrets for half a lifetime. But two people will not let the past rest: Drew Brooks, an inquisitive young associate at a Boston auction house, and Grigori Solodin, a professor of Russian who believes that a unique set of jewels may hold the key to his own ambiguous past. Together these unlikely partners begin to unravel a mystery surrounding a love letter, a poem, and a necklace of unknown provenance, setting in motion a series of revelations that will have life-altering consequences for them all.Interweaving past and present, Moscow and New England, the backstage tumult of the dance world and the transformative power of art, Daphne Kalotay’s luminous first novel—a literary page-turner of the highest order—captures the uncertainty and terror of individuals powerless to withstand the forces of history, while affirming that even in times of great strife, the human spirit reaches for beauty and grace, forgiveness and transcendence.
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Format: Books
ISBN: 9780061962165 (0061962163)
ASIN: 9780061962165
Publisher: HarperCollins
Edition language: English
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cczarneckikernus
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0.0 Russian Winter: A Novel
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3.0 Russian Winter
My book club's selection for December. I would recommend it for those who are really into ballet, as an aging Russian ballerina is one of the main characters. Or for those who are really interested in life in the Soviet Union during Stalin's tenure. The portrayal of life at that time felt really...
Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it
3.0 Russian Winter: A Novel
An aging ballerina, Nina Revskaya, has a secret past. The secrets haunt her in her vintage. Born in Russia, but now living in the United States, she endures the ravages of time on her crippled body and runs from her painful memories, deciding to sell part of her jewelry collection; some of the piece...
M.W. Gerard
M.W. Gerard rated it
4.0 Russian Winter: A Novel
This historical fiction is the debut novel by an award-winning short story writer. Her true strength lies in creating vignettes; small snowglobe-like places that her characters inhabit. The tale switches between present day and 1950s Soviet Russia, following the memories of a prima ballerina of th...
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