Nina Revskaya is a former Russian ballerina looking back on a part of her life as she is getting ready to auction off all of her jewelry, including some spectacular pieces of amber that she smuggled out when she defected to the West. Grigori Solodin is a language professor and translator who happens to own an amber necklace that is a match to the pieces that Nina is selling. What is the connection between Nina and Grigori and how did the jewelry come into their hands?
This was a wonderful story - full of details of Soviet Russia in the late 1940s/early 1950s. From what it was like to be a ballerina to the worries and paranoia that many citizens had to endure. The story weaves between the past and the present seemlessly. It is also a tale of friendship, love and betrayal.
Read as part of the First Reads program.