When it was published in hardcover last year, so many amazing things were said about Daphne Kalotay's novel Russian Winter. My colleague Nicole wrote an effusive post about how she couldn't put it down even while she should have been celebrating her first "married" New Year's Eve with her husband. When we publish books like this, that capture our attention and imagination so completely, we can't wait until they come out in paperback, so that book clubs can discover them and spread the word.
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.
The Oregonian said of Russian Winter: “You will be awake until 4 a.m. reading Daphne Kalotay’s debut novel," and the Washington Post called it “A magnificent tale of love, loss, betrayal, and redemption.”
Browse inside Russian Winter and check out the reading group guide. You can also visit Daphne Kalotay's website and find her on Facebook. In fact, for those of you on Facebook (and if you're not yet, get thee there immediately), we have a special promotion. I have 5 copies of Russian Winter to give away to 5 random people who become fans of Daphne's on Facebook between now and Monday, April 18th. Comment here that you've become a fan, and we'll pick the winners next week! If you happen to already be a fan, you can still win, just be sure to comment here as well.