Russian Winter

By Daphne Kalotay
(Arrow Books, Paperback, 9780099553243, 466pp.)

Publication Date: February 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback, Paperback, Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2010 Indie Next List
“This narrative pas de deux binds Nina Revskaya's mysterious past as the Bolshoi Ballet's rising young star with her reclusive present as an anonymous benefactor of the Boston arts scene. When a rash, youthful decision based on jealousy and insecurity sets events spinning out of her control, Nina spends the rest of her life guarding a dark secret. With this sweeping story of art, love, and Soviet politics come hints of intrigue and betrayal, and even those with the most dazzling talent cannot protect themselves against damaging accusations.”
-- Emily Crowe, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA

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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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