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Publisher's Summary

In post-World War II Russia, a girl must reconcile a tragic past with her hope for the future in this powerful and poignant novel about family secrets, passion and loss, perseverance and ambition.

In a small, provincial town behind the Iron Curtain, Sasha lives in a house full of secrets, one of which is her own dream of becoming an actress. When she leaves for Moscow to audition for drama school, she defies her mother and grandparents and abandons her first love, Andrei.

Before she leaves, Sasha discovers the hidden war journal of her uncle Kolya, an artist still missing in action years after the war has ended. His pages expose the official lies and the forbidden truth of Stalin’s brutality. Kolya’s revelations and his tragic love story guide Sasha through drama school and cement her determination to live a thousand lives onstage. After graduation, she begins acting in Leningrad, where Andrei, now a Communist Party apparatchik, becomes a censor of her work. As a past secret comes to light, Sasha’s ambitions converge with Andrei’s duties, and Sasha must decide if her dreams are truly worth the necessary sacrifice and if, as her grandmother likes to say, all will indeed be well.

©2022 Elena Gorokhova (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Simmering in intensity and details, this historical tale might pique the interests of romance readers and draw historians as the bitterness of war and the impact of young hearts meeting collide.”Booklist

“Elena Gorokhova, who grew up in the 1960s Soviet Union, has given us a heartfelt autobiographical novel…This novel will move you to feel the pain and frustration of one who needs to live in truth and have the freedom of expression.”Historical Novels Review, Editors’ Choice 

“…poignant and masterful, beautifully and intricately laced with imagery, intrigue, and emotion…The storyline is riveting, corkscrewing into an array of twists and turns…It’s unquestionably a notable and splendid piece of literature.”Portland Book Review 

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Impressive from start to finish

A coming of age story, from an author who grew up in the Soviet Union. The writing style is excellent, as is the narration. Plan to wait for any future novels.

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A glimpse of life in Russia

The writing is magnificent, and poignant. I lived in Russia during the 1960s through the eyes of Sasha. I was left wanting to know what happened to her next.

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A look v from inside Russia

Well written story that made me feel like I was there. Learn a little more how war and dictators crush families

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Excellent

Good performance and fantastic writing . The story is compelling and shows multiple perspectives from the Russian point of view on WWII and living under party rule in th 60s and 70s

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No bronze horsemen

this russian-based historical fiction novel was just too slow. it didn't feel historically relevant and got stuck repeating the same ideas over. I got frustrated with it.

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Captivating,heartbreaking, beautiful

The descriptions of classical training in acting are accurate and for anyone who wants to know what real acting is like, there is a wealth of information. Sasha's character is one of the strongest female protagonists I have come across in a long time. the bestial brutality of Russian life is plainly and truthfully depicted from post world war 2 and continuing with descriptions of Bolshevik camps with descriptions of the soul crushing deafness that led to "modern Russia" . Unfortunately, there is now a parallel between the stupidity of blind Russian obedience to unrelenting propaganda and lies that I can see with our own idiotic clinging to political grandstanding.
This book will remain with me for a very long time.

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So this isn't what I'd normally pick up to read,but I did for a reading challenge. The story was OK. It wasn't bad, but it also wasn't captivating or addictive. It was however, a small glimpse into the lives of every day Russians post WW. Its worth the read, just don't expect any roller coaster emotional ride.

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loved it!

I loved this story, great character development very moving. and the characters were not 1 dimensional stereotypes

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Dull

I found this a very dull book and the narration didn’t help either as it was delivered in a monotone voice throughout.

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  • Brian walker
  • 04-19-22

A beautiful sort of soviet life in the war and post war era

It is not imperative but worthwhile if you listen to this book to have a knowledge of soviet history. The story conveys the pressures and contradictions in soviet life with the backdrop of what one might describe as a romance only found in Russia. Russia is a country always mixed with great beauty, great sadness and manifest family traditions this work brings this to life in spades; a very emotional listen.