Russian Winter

By Daphne Kalotay
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061962172, 466pp.)

Publication Date: April 2011

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When Nina Revskaya puts her remarkable jewelry collection up for auction, the former Bolshoi Ballet star finds herself overwhelmed by memories of her homeland, and of the events, both glorious and heartbreaking, that changed her life half a century earlier. It was in Russia that she discovered the magic of dance and fell in love, and where, faced with Stalinist aggression, a terrible discovery incited a deadly act of betrayal--and an ingenious escape to the West.

Nina has kept her secrets for half a lifetime. But now Drew Brooks, an inquisitive associate at a Boston auction house, and Grigori Solodin, a professor who believes Nina's jewels hold the key to unlocking his past, begin to unravel her story--setting in motion a series of revelations that will have life-altering consequences for them all.




About the Author
DAPHNE KALOTAY, a citizen of both Canada and the U.S., grew up in New Jersey and attended Vassar College before receiving her M.F.A. and Ph.D. from Boston University. Her fiction collection, Calamity and Other Stories, was shortlisted for the Story Prize, while her debut novel, Russian Winter, won the Writers League of Texas Fiction Award and was longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. An international bestseller, Russian Winter has been published in twenty-one foreign languages. Kalotay lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

WEB: DAPHNEKALOTAY.COM




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  1. How would you describe Nina Revskaya?  What kind a person was she?  Do you sympathize with the way events shaped the woman she became? And how would you compare her with Vera Borodina?  What exactly was the nature of their friendship? What held them back from sharing their deepest secrets?

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