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The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean
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Dec 26, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: adult-fiction, historical-fiction
Read in December, 2009

This novel alternates between the story of a young employee of the Hermitage in Leningrad during the WWII German siege and her story 60 years later as she descends into full blown Alzheimers disease. The novel paints a vivid picture of life during the siege, with its starvation, suffering and death, and shows the heroism of the young girl, which strongly contrasts with her contemporary life. Warning: a couple of touches of explicit sex mar the novel and are not really necessary to the story.

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