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Russian winter : a novel

by Kalotay, Daphne.

Format: Print Book 2011
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Location Collection Call #
North Versailles Public Library Fiction FIC KALO
Location  North Versailles Public Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  FIC KALO
 
 
Summary
"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"
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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 Perennial,2011
Edition 1st Harper Perennial ed.
Language English
Notes Originally published: New York : Harper, 2010. With additional material.
Description 466, 16 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780061962172 (pbk.)
0061962171 (pbk.)
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