Russian Winter

Russian Winter

A Novel

Book - 2010
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"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).

Publisher: New York : Harper, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061962165
Branch Call Number: KAL
Characteristics: 466 p. ;,24 cm


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mrsgail5756 Jul 16, 2013

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

ab562 Apr 14, 2013

Fascinating book about Russia during Stalin's reign and the distrust felt amongst the people. Worth reading and hard to put down.
If you liked it then Check out the movie: Moscow doesn't believe in Tears.

Oct 26, 2012

While not a happy read by any means, the beauty of this novel captivated me and moved me and I found the experience of reading definitely worth the heartache. The ballet portions are written knowledgably and artistically, and her portrayal of Soviet Russia is fascinating.

Jan 25, 2012

Russian by birth Grigori has carried to adulthood beliefs about his birth parents that have made even his career choice inevitable. Now, a widower, he is at a crossroads. Drew, with her own seeming failed past, works for an auction house that has just acquired the jewelry collection of a once famous Russian ballerina who defected to the West in the 1950s. Kalotay takes us into the lives of three people looking for answers. What they find will surprise them?and even more, those of us along for the reading.

Who wouldn?t like a book with lovely jewelry, ballet, intrigue and secrets? Plus, it?s a love story?several people?s love stories. Beautiful.

Dec 15, 2011

Sandy 12/11

Dec 03, 2011

Despite the cover description being all about the jewels being auctioned, this is actually a sombre story about communist Russia, Spoiler alert: I was left with a lingering sadness after the book was finished because of the unhappy fate met by Victor. This is not a feel good novel and I do not recommend it if you need a pick-me-up. However, it is a good read if you are emotionally ready to feel troubled by a strong story.

Aug 23, 2011

Also available in Ebook format

Jul 28, 2011

An amazing book! couldn't put it down.

Mar 04, 2011

Borrowed Oct, 19, 2010

debwalker Jan 03, 2011

A jewel of a novel. Each chapter is named after an auction lot of jewellery being sold by a former ballerina, once a star of the Bolshoi Ballet. She is selling her gem collection to rid herself of the past, but instead stirs it up."
A Chatelaine top pick.

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