Zoia's Gold by Philip Sington
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Stockholm, December 1999. Madam Zoia, the enigmatic "painter on gold," is dead. The last surviving member of the Romanov court, she leaves behind a house full of paintings, a collection of private papers, and a mystery.

Marcus Elliot travels to Sweden to write the catalog that will accompany the sale of her work. But something feels wrong. Behind the gilded serenity of Zoia's art lie the shadows of a secret life: a dramatic escape from the Bolshevik torturers of the Lubyanka prison, an artistic journey that embraced the excesses of Bohemian Paris, and an unearthly ability to command the devotion of desirable men.

Marcus is to be Zoia's last, triumphant seduction, but with time against him, he must lay his own ghosts to rest -- the scandal that ruined him, the tragedy that shattered his childhood -- before the priceless truth can come within his grasp.

In Zoia's Gold, Philip Sington seamlessly merges past and present, fact and fiction into a bewitching, compulsively readable novel of obsession, betrayal, and redemption.
 

About Philip Sington

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Philip Sington worked as a business journalist and magazine editor for nine years. His novels include Zoia's Gold and The Einstein Girl. He lives in London.
 
Published November 21, 2006 by Scribner. 404 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this gorgeously written novel of suspense, which shifts between contemporary Sweden, czarist Russia and 1920s Paris, Sington uses the life of actual Russian-born painter Zoia Korvin-Krukovsky (1

Sep 25 2006 | Read Full Review of Zoia's Gold: A Novel

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An elegant amalgam of fact and fiction, Zoia's Gold draws on the life of Madame Zoia, an artist who fled revolutionary Russia for a peripatetic journey accumulating husbands, lovers, and an aura of mystery.

Nov 22 2006 | Read Full Review of Zoia's Gold: A Novel

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It is clear that Sington has researched every aspect of this book thoroughly, whether it relates to events in Zoia’s life, English family law (concerning Marcus Elliott’s personal life), gilding techniques in art or import/export issues in the realm of the art dealer.

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