The Line by Olga Grushin
A Novel

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An "utterly brilliant" (Library Journal) new novel from the author of the award-winning The Dream Life of Sukhanov.

The line begins to form on the whispered rumor that a famous exiled composer is returning to Russia to conduct his last symphony. Tickets will be limited. The concert date unknown. Nameless strangers join the line, jostling for preferred position. But as the seasons change and the kiosk remains shuttered, these anonymous souls evolve into a community. Bound together in their longing for something wonderful and miraculous, they allow themselves to dream. An utterly transformative work that speaks to the endurance of the human spirit, The Line confirms Grushin's place in the pantheon of today's most important new writers.


 

About Olga Grushin

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OLGA GRUSHIN, a Granta Best Young American Novelist, won the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award for The Dream Life of Sukhanov. She was also a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction Fiction and short-listed for the Orange Award for New Writers. The Dream Life of Sukhanov was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and one of the Washington Post's Top 10 Books of 2006. Grushin lives outside Washington, D.C.
 
Published March 31, 2010 by Penguin Books. 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The line of the title serves as bold metaphor in this earnest successor to The Dream Life of Sukhanov (2006).

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The New York Times

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In Olga Grushin’s novel, Soviet Russians line up for a year in hopes of securing tickets to a famous exile’s concert that may never happen.

Apr 18 2010 | Read Full Review of The Line: A Novel

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A Russian historical oddity becomes a mythical background for this alternate-universe novel.

Apr 22 2010 | Read Full Review of The Line: A Novel

The Washington Post

The central character in the first novel is a talented artist who sacrifices his principles for the easy life of an apparatchik, while the artist in "The Line" is Sergei, now in his late 40s, a musician whose ambitions to play the violin were crushed when, as a boy, he was forced by the state to ...

Mar 28 2010 | Read Full Review of The Line: A Novel

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