Inspired by a true story, prize-winning historian and
acclaimed novelist Simon Sebag Montefiore explores the consequences of
forbidden love in this heartbreaking epic of marriage, childhood, danger, and betrayal
that unfolds in Stalin’s Moscow during the bleak days after World War II.
As Moscow celebrates the motherland’s glorious victory over
the Nazis, shots ring out on the crowded streets. On a nearby bridge, a teenage
boy and girl—dressed in traditional nineteenth-century costumes—lie dead. But
this is no ordinary tragedy because these are no ordinary teenagers. As the
son and daughter of high-ranking Soviet officials, they had attended the most elite
school in Moscow. Was it an accident or murder? Is it a conspiracy against
Stalin or one of his own terrifying intrigues?
On Stalin’s instructions, a ruthless investigation begins
into what becomes known as the Children’s Case. Youth across the city are
arrested and forced to testify against their friends and their parents. As
families are ripped apart, all kinds of secrets come spilling out. Trapped at
the center of this witch hunt are two pairs of illicit lovers, who learn that
matters of the heart exact a terrible price.
By turns a darkly sophisticated
political thriller, a rich historical saga, and a deeply human love story, Montefiore’s
masterful novel powerfully portrays the terror and drama of Stalin’s Russia. Download and start listening now!