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Russian winter : a novel

by Kalotay, Daphne.

Format: Print Book 2010
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 7 copies
Available (6)
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Bethel Park Public Library Fiction FIC KALOTAY Daphne
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FIC KALOTAY Daphne
CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks FICTION Kalotay
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor - Fiction Stacks
Call Number  FICTION Kalotay
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Fiction KALOTAY Daphne
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  KALOTAY Daphne
Northland Public Library Fiction FIC KALOTAY
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FIC KALOTAY
Penn Hills Library Fiction KAL
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  KAL
Sewickley Public Library Fiction F KAL
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  F KAL
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Northern Tier Regional Library Fiction IN TRANSIT
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Collection  Fiction
"Daphne Kalotay captivates in a soaring debut novel. An elegant, compelling puzzle of family, memory and solitude that brings to life modern-day Boston and postwar Russia through a profound love story. Graceful, moving, and unexpected."
--Matthew Pearl, New York Times bestselling author of The Dante Club

In Russian Winter, the beautiful debut novel by critically acclaimed writer Daphne Kalotay, a famed ballerina's jewelry auction in Boston reveals long-held secrets of love and family, friendship and rivalry, harkening back to Stalinist Russia. Called "tender, passionate, and moving" by Jenna Blum, the New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us, Russian Winter is a perfect choice for fans of the novels of Debra Dean (The Madonnas of Leningrad), Ann Patchett (Bel Canto), and Ian McEwan (Atonement).

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "As she nears 80, former Russian prima ballerina Nina Revskaya now pain-ridden and confined to a wheelchair in her Boston brownstone puts her jewelry up for auction, little realizing that the provenance of one of the pieces will uncover long-hidden secrets. Kalotay's narrative moves effortlessly between mid-twentieth-century Russia detailing Revskaya's rise to prominence as The Butterfly ; her passionate love for her husband, poet Viktor Elsin; and her defection to the West and contemporary Boston, where widowed academic Grigori Solodin, translator of Elsin's poetry, who feels a connection to Revskaya, is helped in his quest to identify his birth parents by auction house associate director Drew Brooks. Kalotay (Calamity and Other Stories, 2005) has created appealing, well-rounded characters in well-researched settings, notably in capturing the fear, deprivation, and rampant suspicion of the Stalin era and its effect on artists. Although the book's heft and jacket illustration suggest a tome, this is a briskly paced, fresh, and engaging first novel dealing with the pain of loss and the power of love.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Kalotay makes a powerful debut with a novel about a Soviet-era prima ballerina, now retired and living in Boston, who confronts her past as she puts up for auction the jewelry she took with her when she left her husband and defected. Nina "The Butterfly" Revskaya, 79, reveals little about the past to curious auction house representative Drew Brooks as he peruses her cache of exquisite jewelry. Nina likewise rebuffs inquiries from foreign language professor Grigori Solodin, who has translated the works of Nina's poet husband and who offers an additional item for auction: the amber necklace he inherited from the parents he never knew. In extended flashbacks, Nina recalls intimate moments and misunderstandings with her husband, happy and disturbing times with his Jewish composer best friend, and encounters with her own childhood friend. Meanwhile, Drew and Grigori delve into the jewelry's provenance, hoping to learn as much about the jewels as their own pasts. While the Soviet-era romance can lean too much on melodrama, Kalotay turns out a mostly entrancing story thanks to a skillful depiction of artistic life behind the Iron Curtain and intriguing glimpses into auction house operations. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Ballerinas -- Soviet Union -- Fiction.
Defectors -- Fiction.
Russians -- United States -- Fiction.
Moscow (Russia) -- Fiction.
Love stories.
Publisher New York :Harper,2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 466 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780061962165
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