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August 18, 2008


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Thanks for posting my review Jenn. I'm all set up for Thursday-can't wait!

I just found out that I will not be able to make the book club I am working that night and I don't have acess to my computer till 1 am. I am so upset because I am loving this book and I would have loved to be part of it. Is there anyway I can ask questions beforehand and send them to you.
That way I feel part of it. I was so looking forward to this.
I will be posting on my blog. So if anyone wants to comment there. I won't feel so bad. I definately want to make it in September when Run by Ann Patchett will be on

Book Club Girl

You can definitely post questions here, or send them to me at bookclubgirlATgmailDOTcom, by about midday on Thursday, to make sure that I get them in time for the show that night. We will miss you!


I'm another of your readers who has a schedule conflict and won't be able to call in this evening.

I think *The Madonnas of Leningrad* is an amazing book, and I do have some questions for the author:

* I didn't know the concept of a "memory palace" until I was introduced to it in your book, how did you learn about this technique for remembering large amounts of data?

* A few of Marina's maxims ("Eat until you see the pattern on the plate so tomorrow we will have nice weather" and "woe rides on woe and uses woe for a whip") sound like something a grandmother *would* say; are these part of Russian folklore, or do you create them for the novel?

* About 3/4 of the way through the book, after Nadezhda dies, you write of Marina, "everything that mattered to her has disappeared" and switch to the present tense for the remaining Leningrad portions of the novel. Can you explain the significance of the shift of tense?

Thank you! I'm disappointed I won't be able to listen "live" tonight, but I'll look forward to hearing the interview later.


me again, with one last question ...

Did Dean's background on the stage help her with her craft as an author?


I will definitely be listening tonight. This is a heartbreakingly beautiful book. Many of my questions were either answered in the p.s. section of the book, or asked here. I'll ask a couple of the standard questions - is Ms. Dean working on anything new? I hope so, her style is beautiful. And what authors/books does she like/recommend?
Thank you for the opportunity to read the book and participant!

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