Ruslan by Barbara Scrupski
A Novel

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Part Gone with the Wind, part Doctor Zhivago, and thoroughly captivating, Ruslan is the epic story of a destitute young countess in Tsarist Russia who tries every avenue to restore her fortunes.

In glittering St. Petersburg, we meet Countess Alexandra Korvin: beautiful and intelligent, but also unmarried and—thanks to her late spendthrift father—quite penniless. In her polarized society of aristocratic grandeur and crushing poverty, a woman's only option is to marry well.

Alexandra makes her way through St. Petersburg society, attending dazzling balls, lavish dinners, and operas in search of a spouse. She pursues the charming but unattainable politician Rybynsky and spurns the advances of Ulynov, a rakish army captain who falls desperately in love with her. Finally, craving freedom and rebelling against the confines of her life as a woman, she cuts off her hair and joins the army as a man—only to find the ultimate test of her feminine heart.

Rich with decadent trappings of Tsarist splendor and alive with the indomitable spirit of an unforgettable young woman, Ruslan is a novel to savor from first page to last.

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About Barbara Scrupski

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BARBARA SCRUPSKI teaches English at a community college near Annapolis, Maryland. She received her M.F.A. at Columbia University, and also studied extensively at the University of Konstanz in Germany, Cambridge University, and the Polish Language Institute in Krakow. This is her first novel.From the Hardcover edition.
Published December 18, 2007 by Crown. 466 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The relationship between Alexandra and Ulyanov follows the course of a typical formula romance, with some interesting twists when Alexandra wins fame as a soldier.

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