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Publisher Description

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.

Fiction & Literature
November 7
Little, Brown and Company
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Author Sherry Jones ,

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!

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