Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay
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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).


About Daphne Kalotay

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Daphne Kalotay is the author of the award-winning novel Russian Winter, which has been published in twenty languages, and the fiction collection Calamity and Other Stories. A MacDowell Fellow, she has received fellowships from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, and Yaddo, and has taught at Boston University, Skidmore College, and Middlebury College. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Published September 7, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 484 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Set, in part, during early 1950’s Russia and partially in modern-day Boston, the story follows former star ballerina, Russian Nina Revskaya, who is introduced as an ailing, bitter old woman, preparing to auction her amazing jewel collection, when an inquisitive associate with the auction house Dr...

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New York Journal of Books

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In this unfurling of Nina’s past, the author evokes a place where friends and neighbors go missing and no one ever speaks of it;

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The scenes of "Russian Winter" (Harper, 480 pages, $25.99) alternate between Nina's present-day life and her former, youthful life as a star ballerina in Stalinist Russia, and the lives of Drew and Grigori -- with Drew finding a path for herself four years after her divorce, and Grigori working t...

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Nina, once a famous ballerina with the Russian Bolshoi Ballet is nearing the end of her life and has decided to sell some pieces of jewellery via auction - opening up a veritable can of worms for several individuals.

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Oregon Live

It did not, however, come from Nina, but from Grigori Solodin, a 50-year-old Russian professor and translator of poetry, including a volume of poems by Nina's late husband, Viktor Elsin.

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Arts Fuse

Russian Winter is part mystery and part love story, drawing on the (overly) familiar tropes of each: the missing jewels, the deceived lovers, and so on.

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