Russian Winter

  • by Daphne Kalotay
  • Narrated by Kathleen Gati
  • 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Russian Winter, the beautiful debut novel by critically acclaimed writer Daphne Kalotay, a famed ballerina’s jewelry auction in Boston reveals long-held secrets of love and family, friendship and rivalry, harkening back to Stalinist Russia. Called “tender, passionate, and moving” by Jenna Blum, the New York Times best-selling author of Those Who Save Us, Russian Winter is a perfect choice for fans of the novels of Debra Dean (The Madonnas of Leningrad), Ann Patchett (Bel Canto), and Ian McEwan (Atonement).


What the Critics Say

“A complex story that, in the end, boils down to the simplest of elements: love, fear, disappointment and loss. An auspicious first novel, elegantly written and without a false note.” (Kirkus Reviews)


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Customer Reviews

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When I was in high school, I distinctly remember studying the novel (Huck Finn!) and learning that it takes three things to make a novel - plot, conflict and character. The last one must somehow be transformed by the first two. Well, this author - and her publisher, her very willing accomplice here - must have been absent that day. They had to include the words "A Novel" in the title so you would not confuse it with a grocery list. I gave up on this book 8 hours in - 8 HOURS - because in that entire time we still had no PLOT. We had a situation - famous ballerina gives up jewels for a mysterious reason - and 8 hours in that's still ALL WE HAD. I think only readers who are just mad for stories (and I use that word loosely here) about ballerinas or Soviet Russia should get this book. I found it to be a major snoozefest. The only reason I gave it 2 stars was the narrator's performance, which was very good.
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- Kimberly


This is one of those gems you find, not on a bestseller list, but completely by accident! Solid story, great narration and historical accuracy wound up nice and tight, just like a good ballerina!
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- Griffin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-07-2010
  • Publisher: HarperAudio