PositiveLibrary JournalCleveland weaves technology, motherhood, and spydom’s skullduggery into a taut, alluring web. Acclaimed for fiendishly clever plotting, she whips up the story to a breakneck pace, then rewards readers with a knockout ending.
Alexandra Lapierre, Trans. by Jeffrey Zuckerman
PositiveLibrary JournalThis novel by award-winning historical novelist Lapierre...was first published in French in 2016. The story integrates verbatim quotes with imagined conversations and settings. Realistic yet fantastical in its account of the audacious Maria, this is a rewarding rediscovery of a memorable woman.
PositiveLibrary JournalDespite the travails, our heroine reflects the genius of the Silver Age poets. Their works, personalities, and disagreements are examined as if through a jeweler\'s loupe. The story peaks when the Soviet New Economic Policy challenges Marina\'s faith to the fullest. Can she remain a revolutionist? ... Like a 19th-century avatar, Fitch gives a 360-degree view of the suffering caused by the Bolsheviks\' consolidation of power and tells a long and sweeping story without wasting a word.