Russian Winter

Russian Winter

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In present-day Boston, Nina Revskaya, once a great star of the Russian ballet, has decided to auction her jewellery collection and donate the proceeds to the Boston Ballet Foundation. It is a mysterious gesture that has piqued the interest of two particular individuals: a rising associate director at the auction house, Drew Brooks, who seeks to unravel the provenance of the pieces; and a professor and Russian translator at the nearby university, Grigori Solodin, who believes the jewels might hold the key to his past.

The stakes are raised when an anonymous individual donates a necklace that perfectly matches the bracelet and earrings in Nina's collection, claiming the pieces belong together. It is this donation that will bring Drew and Grigori together in unexpected ways to uncover the story behind Nina's fabulous jewels--a bounty said to have been smuggled out of Stalinist Russia when she defected from the country in the early 1950s.

It was there, in Russia, that Nina first learned to dance, fell in love with the handsome poet Viktor Elsin, and struggled with the choice to pursue her craft or begin a family. Nina and her circle of free-thinking artist friends lived in constant fear of Stalin's disapproval, of arrest and torture by the secret police for unpatriotic behaviour and so-called crimes against the state. Yet when their circle was broken by just such an arrest, a devastating misunderstanding parted the four friends and lovers forever.

Publisher: HarperCollins Canada Ltd. 2017
ISBN: 9781443453943
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER 2017


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May 09, 2018

A true depiction of the political atmosphere in Russia under the tyranny of Stalin. The fate of the intelligentsia is realistically portrayed. All this is framed in an engrossing tale of a young ballerina of promise and her eventual escape to freedom.

Mar 13, 2018

Loved this book! Russian historical fiction combined with a strong mystery story. The story-line is centred in the Bolshoi ballet and the defection of one of the principal female dancers. If you liked A Gentleman in Moscow you I'll love this!

ArapahoeKati Dec 05, 2017

Gorgeously written historical novel about jewelry and Russia.

mrsgail5756 Jul 16, 2013

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

ab562 Apr 14, 2013

Fascinating book about Russia during Stalin's reign and the distrust felt amongst the people. Worth reading and hard to put down.
If you liked it then Check out the movie: Moscow doesn't believe in Tears.

Oct 26, 2012

While not a happy read by any means, the beauty of this novel captivated me and moved me and I found the experience of reading definitely worth the heartache. The ballet portions are written knowledgably and artistically, and her portrayal of Soviet Russia is fascinating.

Jan 25, 2012

Russian by birth Grigori has carried to adulthood beliefs about his birth parents that have made even his career choice inevitable. Now, a widower, he is at a crossroads. Drew, with her own seeming failed past, works for an auction house that has just acquired the jewelry collection of a once famous Russian ballerina who defected to the West in the 1950s. Kalotay takes us into the lives of three people looking for answers. What they find will surprise them?and even more, those of us along for the reading.

Who wouldn?t like a book with lovely jewelry, ballet, intrigue and secrets? Plus, it?s a love story?several people?s love stories. Beautiful.

Dec 15, 2011

Sandy 12/11

Dec 03, 2011

Despite the cover description being all about the jewels being auctioned, this is actually a sombre story about communist Russia, Spoiler alert: I was left with a lingering sadness after the book was finished because of the unhappy fate met by Victor. This is not a feel good novel and I do not recommend it if you need a pick-me-up. However, it is a good read if you are emotionally ready to feel troubled by a strong story.

Aug 23, 2011

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