The Mirrored World by Debra Dean
A Novel

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The critically acclaimed author of The Madonnas of Leningrad (“Elegant and poetic, the rare kind of book that you want to keep but you have to share” —Isabel Allende), Debra Dean returns with The Mirrored World, a breathtaking novel of love and madness set in 18th century Russia. Transporting readers to St. Petersburg during the reign of Catherine the Great, Dean brilliantly reconstructs and reimagines the life of St. Xenia, one of Russia’s most revered and mysterious holy figures, in a richly told and thought-provoking work of historical fiction that recounts the unlikely transformation of a young girl, a child of privilege, into a saint beloved by the poor.
 

About Debra Dean

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A native of Seattle, Debra Dean worked as an actor in the New York theatre for nearly a decade before becoming a writer. She lives in Miami and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University.
 
Published August 28, 2012 by Harper. 272 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Living with Xenia and Andrei, Dasha witnesses Xenia’s meltdown after her infant daughter’s death.

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In her second novel (after The Madonnas of Leningrad), Dean returns to Russia to reimagine the intriguing life story of St. Xenia, as seen through the eyes of the fictional narrator, Dashenka.

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Dasha understands Xenia intimately because they have grown up together, yet she is not comfortable with Xenia's fall into madness.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Transporting readers to St. Petersburg during the reign of Catherine the Great, Dean brilliantly reconstructs and reimagines the life of St. Xenia, one of Russia’s most revered and mysterious holy figures, in a richly told and thought-provoking work of historical fiction that recounts the unlikel...

Sep 12 2012 | Read Full Review of The Mirrored World: A Novel

Bookmarks Magazine

Transporting readers to St. Petersburg during the reign of Catherine the Great, Dean brilliantly reconstructs and reimagines the life of St. Xenia, one of Russia’s most revered and mysterious holy figures, in a richly told and thought-provoking work of historical fiction that recounts the unlikel...

Aug 29 2012 | Read Full Review of The Mirrored World: A Novel

The Agony Column

The wolves are not just at the door as Debra Dean's 'The Mirrored World' begins.

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