“On the Sickle’s Edge” by Neville D. Frankel

On the Sickle’s Edge is a multigenerational saga by Neville Frankel that chronicles the story of a Jewish family through the rise and fall of the former Soviet Union. The story of the Shtein family spans many decades and three continents, and provides a glimpse into how ordinary people lived through turbulent periods of history. TheRead more

Holiday Giveaway: “There Once Lived a Mother Who Loved Her Children, Until They Moved Back In” by Ludmila Petrushevskaya

there once lived a mother who loved her children

Hey everyone!  I am delighted to be hosting a holiday giveaway of the book There Once Lived a Mother Who Loved Her Children, Until They Moved Back In by Ludmila Petrushevskaya.  I reviewed the book last week and loved it, and I hope that you will too! Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina opens with the quote,Read more

“Katya’s War” by Jonathan L. Howard

Katya’s War is the second book in Jonathan L. Howard’s Russalka Chronicles, which are set on a watery planet that was colonized by a group of Russians but eventually broke away from Earth’s influence. Katya’s War picks up after Katya Kuriakova has saved the world from an imminent threat, and now she’s trying to getRead more

“The Armies of Heaven” by Jane Kindred

Book three of Jane Kindred’s House of Arkhangel’sk trilogy has finally been released. Yippee!  I’ve been a huge fan of this series ever since reading the first book, and was thrilled when the publisher asked me if I’d like an advanced copy of this one.  I was also delighted to have had the opportunity toRead more

Interview with Debra Dean, author of “The Mirrored World”

Today is the release date of The Mirrored World, a novel which tells the story of Xenia, a Russian Orthodox saint who became a holy fool and is revered for her charity to the poor.  I had the opportunity to meet Debra Dean at a book signing while at BEA, and I am delighted toRead more

“White Raven: The Sword of the Northern Ancestors” by Irina Lopatina

I received a copy of “White Raven:  The Sword of the Northern Ancestors” by Irina Lopatina through TLC Book Tours.  As many of you know, I’m a bit obsessed with Russian history/culture/etc., so when Trish asked me if I’d like to participate in a blog tour of a fantasy novel written by a Siberian author,Read more

“Deathless” by Catherynne M. Valente

In a city by the sea which was once called St. Petersburg, then Petrograd, then Leningrad, then, much later, St. Petersburg again, there stood a long, thin house on a long, thin street.  By a long, thin window, a child in a pale blue dress and pale green slippers waited for a bird to marryRead more

“The Mirrored World” by Debra Dean

It is a peasant belief that, as we are all equal in God’s eyes, He must surely confer on fools unseen, compensatory gifts.  And so our peasants attend fools with great reverence and scrutinize their gibbering for veiled wisdom and prophecy.  Even the more enlightened prefer them in their charity over the ordinary poor.  ForRead more

Les Saisons Russes

During January I had the opportunity to attend a performance of Les Saisons Russes by the Mariinsky Ballet at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  Yes, you read that properly… I have a lot 19th century sensibilities, or, as my boyfriend puts it, I’m a 60-year-old in a 23-year-old’s body.  Almost nobody my ownRead more