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Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay
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Jan 07, 2012

really liked it
Read in January, 2012

Fun read! I loved learning about Soviet Russia during the Stalinist early 1950s period. I used to study ballet, and I especially enjoyed reading about Revskaya's training and performances with the Bolshoi. It was also fascinating to learn about life under Communism--the scarcity of housing and food and clothing, the necessity for communal living, and especially the constant fear of being reported. The book opens with the arrest of the parents of Revskaya's childhood best friend and the threat of being taken away, or even killed, by the secret police hangs over the whole book.

Equally engaging though are the scenes from modern day Boston, as Revskaya prepares to auction her jewel collection and a widowed Russian professor searches for answers about his birth parents. Trying to figure out the connection between the professor and the former ballerina kept me turning pages far into the night.

Sympathetic characters, engaging mystery, well-written prose, and fascinating setting.

Good book.

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