The Kitchen Boy
A Novel of the Last Tsar
By Robert Alexander
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780142003817, 240pp.)
Publication Date: January 2004
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Drawing from decades of work, travel, and research in Russia, Robert Alexander re-creates the tragic, perennially fascinating story of the final days of Nicholas and Alexandra Romanov as seen through the eyes of their young kitchen boy, Leonka. Now an ancient Russian immigrant, Leonka claims to be the last living witness to the Romanovs' brutal murders and sets down the dark secrets of his past with the imperial family. Does he hold the key to the many questions surrounding the family's murder? Historically vivid and compelling, "The Kitchen Boy" is also a touching portrait of a loving family that was in many ways similar, yet so different, from any other.