From the mega-bestselling author of White Oleander and Paint It Black, a sweeping historical saga of the Russian Revolution, as seen through the eyes of one young woman
St. Petersburg, New Year's Eve, 1916. Marina Makarova is a young woman of privilege who aches to break free of the constraints of her genteel life, a life about to be violently upended by the vast forces of history. Swept up on these tides, Marina will join the marches for workers' rights, fall in love with a radical young poet, and betray everything she holds dear, before being betrayed in turn.
As her country goes through almost unimaginable upheaval, Marina's own coming-of-age unfolds, marked by deep passion and devastating loss, and the private heroism of an ordinary woman living through extraordinary times. This is the epic, mesmerizing story of one indomitable woman's journey through some of the most dramatic events of the last century.
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If you’ve ever wanted to experience the magic of Danielle Steel and Dostoyevsky at the same time, this historical-fiction epic is for you. Set during the chaos of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, The Revolution of Marina M. follows a daring young Russian woman who’s trying to live her best life in the midst of social and political turmoil. Rich with period color and factual detail, Janet Fitch’s story feels decidedly lively and contemporary, as Marina dabbles in spying for the Communists and experiments with her sexual desires. This adventurous and sexy novel is enormous fun to read.
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Epic in every way
Marina is a heroine you rush home every evening to spend time with. Daring, smart, brave, beautiful, passionate, adventuresome, and a poet? She’s the woman we all want to be, or love, or both. Placing her in the tumult of the Russian Revolution and the emergence of Communism tests her mettle, purifies her with fire. And Fitch’s writing is, itself, pure poetry. You want to run home to Marina at night. You turn her pages, enthralled. And when you discover that this is only Book One... joy!