Russian Winter: a novel by Daphne Kalotay

Kalotay takes the reader from Russian life under Stalin to contemporary Boston, through the life of the main character, young Bolshoi ballet dancer Nina Revskaya, who lives her latter years re-discovering truths about her past. Nina’s jewelry collection, which she puts up for auction, sets off memories of dance, love, and betrayal during her years in Russia.  Other characters are a Boston professor, Grigori Solodin, and an auction house associate, Drew Brooks.  Grigori’s compelling search for his past challenges his expectations about the role of love in his life.  Drew’s persistence in working with the jewels leads her to also find unexpected turns in her life.  There is a sense of intrigue and mystery interwoven with satisfying character development.  The exploration of Soviet life, the world of dance/art, and Kalotay’s transfer between the past and the present create an informative, emotional read.

Reviewed by Ruth


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