Russian Winter by Daphne KalotayRussian Winter by Daphne Kalotay

Russian Winter

byDaphne Kalotay

Paperback | September 13, 2011

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In present-day Boston, Nina Revskaya, once a great star of the Russian ballet, has decided to auction her jewelry collection and donate the proceeds to the Boston Ballet Foundation. It is a mysterious gesture that has piqued the interest of two particular individuals: a rising associate director at the auction house, Drew Brooks, who seeks to unravel the provenance of the pieces; and a professor and Russian translator at the nearby university, Grigori Solodin, who believes the jewels might hold the key to his past.

The stakes are raised when an anonymous individual donates a necklace that perfectly matches the bracelet and earrings in Nina’s collection, claiming the pieces belong together. It is this donation that will bring Drew and Grigori together in unexpected ways to uncover the story behind Nina’s fabulous jewels—a bounty said to have been smuggled out of Stalinist Russia when she defected from the country in the early 1950s.

It was there, in Russia, that Nina first learned to dance, fell in love with the handsome poet Viktor Elsin, and struggled with the choice to pursue her craft or begin a family. Nina and her circle of free-thinking artist friends lived in constant fear of Stalin’s disapproval, of arrest and torture by the secret police for unpatriotic behaviour and so-called crimes against the state. Yet when their circle was broken by just such an arrest, a devastating misunderstanding parted the four friends and lovers forever.

DAPHNE KALOTAY, author of the acclaimedCalamity and Other Stories, has a Ph.D. in literature from Boston University, and she has since taught creative writing at Middlebury College, Boston University and Skidmore College. Kalotay has received fellowships from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, Vassar, Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony....
Title:Russian WinterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 1 inPublished:September 13, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554686733

ISBN - 13:9781554686735


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. A true Russian story of dance, love and politics. I enjoyed it to the very end. Did I mention I love amber.
Date published: 2015-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Excellent story well told by the author. Lots of suspense and intrigue to keep you wanting to to get to the next chapter.
Date published: 2014-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Russian winter A good read!!
Date published: 2014-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Russian Winter The story of a lifetime, even by today's Russia, it made for an intriguing read.
Date published: 2014-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Russian Winter Amazing. Couldn't put it down. Gave me a new love for ballet. Wonderful character building.
Date published: 2014-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Russian Winter Amazing. Couldn't put it down. Gave me a new love for ballet. Wonderful character building.
Date published: 2014-03-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Russian Winter I found it to be slow moving at times.
Date published: 2014-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Russian Winter Excellent read. Keeps you guessing to the very end
Date published: 2014-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from . This was well written and held my interest to the end. I would have liked bit more closure instead of leaving the final outcome to my imagination. But still a solid and complex story, very enjoyable.
Date published: 2014-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Russian Winter Very well written. Makes me want to get some jewelry.
Date published: 2013-06-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Russian winter The book was moving along quite well and then suddenly ended. Could have used one more chapter or is there a sequel?
Date published: 2013-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from historical fiction Nina Revskaya is a former ballerina with the Bolshoi ballet. She is now living in Boston in a wheelchair and has decided to auction her precious jewelry. She believes this might ease her mind about the memories of her past life. Nina auditioned and was accepted into the Bolshoi ballet school. She dedicated her life to her dance. All around her Stalin made his mark and people disappeared into the night. Neighbours informed on each other. People were packed into small apartments and life was tough. Nina seemed to be on the outskirts of all this. Nina falls in love with a renown poet, Viktor and though him meets Gersh, a Russian Jew and composer. This was not a safe friendship as jews were persecuted during Stalin's years in power. As Nina in Boston reflects on her life she is approached by Grigori Solodin, a translator of Nina's husband's poetry. He has a matching piece to her amber earring and bracelet. Of course, he wants some answers which Nina does not want to face. Slowly the mysteries get unraveled. I enjoyed this book and felt the pace was just right. I loved learning about Stalin's regime and especially about the rigors of the Bolshoi ballet.
Date published: 2011-10-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ho hum I found that the idea of the novel was interesting and made me want to read the entire saga to learn how it ended. However, the author continually bounced back and forth between so many characters and time periods that it was hard to keep the storyline straight. I wanted to keep notes of who was who at times. I also found that the author would go into far too much detail that was not relevant to the story at all, making me shake my head and wonder why ...the flow of the storyline could have been written so much better.
Date published: 2011-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding! Russian Winter started a bit slow, but that is sometimes required to build a fantastic story such as this one. Switching from Stalinist Russia to present day Boston, the story follows prima ballerina, Nina reliving her glorious, but painful past as she decides to auction off her jewelery collection. I found this to be one of the best books I've read in quite a while, just start it and let yourself be absorbed in the story. You won't regret it!
Date published: 2011-01-12

Editorial Reviews

“Kalotay writes about her characters-artists struggling to dream and survive within the constraints of the Stalinist regime-with sensitivity, humor and wisdom. I believed in these characters and cared about their fates. . . . A captivating and entertaining read.”