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3.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 5 3.65 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daphne Kalotay Narrator: Kathleen Gati Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9780062012371
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“Daphne Kalotay captivates in a soaring debut novel. An elegant, compelling puzzle of family, memory and solitude that brings to life modern-day Boston and postwar Russia through a profound love story. Graceful, moving, and unexpected.”
—Matthew Pearl, New York Times bestselling author of The Dante Club

 

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 bestselling 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).

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A satisfying mystery with a finely drawn plot…The secrets at the heart of the novel are treated as delicately, and guarded as carefully, as the precious stones at the story’s centre, and only revealed at the novel’s satisfying end.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “An auspicious first novel, elegantly written and without a false note.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Each character has a petrified secret. The interlocking plots—the present alternates with Revskaya’s youth—build to harrowing betrayals, showing how Soviet Russia was ‘rearranged to discourage love for anything other than one’s country.’”

    New Yorker

  • “[A] magnificent tale of love, loss, betrayal and redemption…The emotional center of the book holds everything together…[A] final riptide of revelations leaves the reader profoundly moved.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “With sure and suspenseful artistry, Daphne Kalotay intersperses the unfortunate and tortuous histories of Nina, Elsin, and their artist friends with new discoveries and disclosures. The several stories draw together in a conclusion that is surprising, fitting, and satisfying.”

    Boston Globe

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Longlisted for the 2012 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
  • Selected for the September 2010 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patsy | 1/29/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book, although the ending seemed rather abrupt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 1/25/2014

    " Beautifully written. I could not put the book down as I had to know the outcome of each of the characters involved. Anyone that has an interest in historical fiction, dance or history will find this captivating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Piercey | 1/24/2014

    " I really liked this book, though it slowed down in the middle. Kalotay makes life in post-WW II Moscow and the grueling life of a ballet dancer come to life. But what a bleak and insecure life it was. Nina the prima ballerina managed to defect to the West but never managed to find much happiness there. She left behind much sadness, tragedy, heartbreak and misunderstanding. As a Boston auction house prepares an auction of Nina's impressive collection of jewelry, Nina's past comes into focus. It takes a small group of people in Boston to gradually work out the details of Nina's life in the USSR and help Nina put her past to rest. As the auction curator, Drew's life changes. Russian scholar Grigori Solodin is changed as well and he can begin to move beyond his past too. The jumps between modern-day Boston and the Stalin era in Moscow were sometimes too abrupt, but worked overall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 1/22/2014

    " The best fiction novel I have read in ages! I did not want it to end. A cross between Dr. Zhivago and Girl With a Pearl Earring. Fascinating story, rich characters, beautiful writing style. I cannot recommend this book highly enough for an enjoyable satisfying read. Time frame alternates between present day Boston and the Stalin era in the Soviet Union. Historically informing without being tedious. This book will be on my list of books to give this Christmas! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Boley | 1/20/2014

    " I enjoy historical fiction. This was a good one. It started a little slow for me but then turned into an interesting love story, mystery, history and enough twists to keep you wondering. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristina | 1/16/2014

    " I loved this book! It was a suspenseful book that kept my attention. I liked that there was some historical value from the Stalin era in the book. I would read more of this authors books in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rita Kelley | 1/12/2014

    " Incredible tale,itrigueing story, our book club did not agree on how the story actually ended "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ER | 12/25/2013

    " Second 1/2 of the book saved it. It was hard to get into, the parts set in modern time were really hard to read and follow. The parts set in Stalin's Russia were great to read. But this could be that I would rather read Historical Fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet Clark | 12/21/2013

    " Kalotay deserves applause for her ability to weave a fascinating story---full of historical fact---leaving the reader with much to think about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 10/18/2013

    " My daughter received this as an ARC. I liked the story but I thought it was a little slow to develop. The main character could have been more likeable. I found it a little difficult to be sympathetic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryellen Woodside | 8/17/2013

    " Nina Revskaya is a former world renowned Russian ballerina who defected to the west. Memories of her previous life haunt her when she decides to auction off all her jewelery. Kalotay givs the reader an interesting look at post war Russia under Stalin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 TJ | 8/17/2013

    " Very good read. A tad predictable but still with a few twists. Good reflection on ballet as well. Highly recommemd "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Desi | 7/20/2013

    " I thought this book was lovely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharlene | 5/1/2013

    " Really enjoyable book about the life of a dancer in Russia. We read it as a book club. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra Smith | 3/9/2013

    " I very much enjoyed this book. And it ended just the way it should have. Good read. . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen Matusow-ayres | 12/13/2012

    " Enjoyable read, good double story. Fairly predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 9/6/2012

    " I have never read much on the Stalinist Russia and found the social commentary to be very interesting as well as the details about the Bolshoi Ballet. I have always been intrigued and loved it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dina London | 5/20/2012

    " I didn't make it even 1/4 through this novel. It was boring and the characters were uninteresting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kasia | 4/3/2012

    " I enjoyed it. Till the end I was not sure how it ends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oletha | 1/1/2012

    " Book I was hard for me to read, the story jumps around while giving background to the characters. By Book II, I knew the characters and it was easier to follow. I enjoyed this book. I love reading about the history, the ballet, and their struggles. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Molli | 11/2/2011

    " Just couldn't get through it ..... tried twice b/c I like the ballerina story line. But it was just so wordy and BORING. If I'm not hooked in the first 3 chapters or so, it's not worth the time. Sad. :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 6/30/2011

    " Story about Russian ballerina that defected.
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marilyn | 6/22/2011

    " If you are into ballet, jewelry and the "old" Russia this would be the book for you. I found I'm not all that interested...it was okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 6/8/2011

    " Good book but not great. Easy enough to read but it did drag at more than a few points. Nice use of flashing back in time to explain the present. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 6/4/2011

    " I very much enjoyed this book. And it ended just the way it should have. Good read. . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michigankim | 5/20/2011

    " This is one of those books that jumps back and forth in time, which I sometimes find irritating and confusing. But it worked very well to keep building momentum to the climax. I also really liked reading about life in the USSR in the mid-20th century; sure made me appreciate our freedoms more. "

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About the Author
Author Daphne Kalotay

Daphne Kalotay is the author of the award-winning novel Russian Winter, which has been published in twenty languages, and the fiction collection Calamity and Other Stories. She has received fellowships from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo, and has taught at Boston University, Skidmore College, Grub Street, and Middlebury College. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Kathleen Gati is an award-winning actress who has starred in a number of Hungarian television series and films.