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July 19, 2011

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bermudaonion (Kathy)

I learned that Debra Dean didn't go to Russia until she got her book deal with Harper Collins.

anne

Debra Dean's inspiration for the novel was her leanring about the Hermitage Museum and the Siege of Leningrad. The curator at the museum left the empty frames hanging in hope that the artwork would be returned.

Robyn

Wonderful Interview! I teared up when hearing of the curator who would describe the artwork so well the people could almost see it. Her description of Alzheimer's as someone remaking their history helps me to understand my mother, she has episodes--like TIAs--where she loses touch with reality. Debra's description of how the writing process was so organic, how she visited Russia and actually knew her way around gives me chills. I would love to read this book!

Susan

I already entered and won the first one, don't enter me. I am just leaving a comment. This was the first book club girl interview I participated in. I loved the book when it deals with memory. I don't like to re-read novels. But, lately I have been taking a course in psychology and reading a few novels about memory and brain disfunction. I am sure, my perspective is different than the last time I read it. I may read it again, and listen to the interview.
For those of you interested in, you should check out Still Alice, and Turn of Mind. Both good books on Alzheimer's Disease.

Noreen

I loved hearing Debra talk about where her inspiration(s) came from for the book. The fact that her grandmother "turned" in to a Russian woman and became the main character is such a memorial to her grandmother.

Laura (Booksnob)

I have a strong connection to this book. First my grandmother currently has Alzheimer's disease and second, I have been to Russia and spent some time in St. Peterberg where I visited The Hermitage museum and the cemetery where they buried the people who died during the Siege of Leningrad. I think there is about 3000 people buried there. I would love to read this book.

Yvonne

She originally planned it as a short story after she saw a PBS show but the story took a life of its own and became a novel instead. This is why I love listening or talking to the author to give insights on their novels that I would not normally get from just reading their books.

Jasmine

I loved hearing about her inspiration for the novel and her writing process.

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