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Seventeen-year-old Ivan Isaenko is a lifelong resident of the Mazyr Hospital for Gravely Ill Children in Belarus. Born deformed yet mentally keen, with a frighteningly sharp wit, a strong intellect, and a voracious appetite for books, Ivan is forced to interact with the world through the vivid prism of his mind. For the most part, every day is exactly the same for Ivan, which is why he turns everything into a game, manipulating people and events around him for his own amusement.

That is until a new resident named Polina arrives at the hospital. At first Ivan resents Polina. She steals his books. She challenges his routine. The nurses like her. She is exquisite. But soon he cannot help being drawn to her, and the two forge a romance that is tenuous and beautiful and everything they never dared dream of. Before, he survived by being utterly detached from things and people. Now Ivan wants something more: Ivan wants Polina to live.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Compelling, intelligent, moving. The love story is executed with unflinching honesty and dark humor. A masterful novel.“

    Graeme Simsion, New York Times bestselling author

  • Comic and staggeringly tragic, often both in a single sentence…A grittier, Eastern European, more grown-up The Fault in Our Stars.”

    Eowyn Ivey, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Soviet-style medical ethics or lack thereof frame an intimate story.”

    Library Journal

  • “The voice of seventeen-year-old Ivan Isaenko will grab you from the first page of Stambach’s enthralling debut novel.”

    BookPage

  • “[The] interactions are seasoned with humor, wit, and astute observation, and the hospital itself is as full a character as Ivan and Polina. What’s more, despite the presence of a corrupt health care bureaucracy, the story highlights the ways random acts of kindness can illuminate individual lives and make the seemingly unbearable tolerable, if not wholly acceptable. An auspicious, gut-wrenching, wonderful debut.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Stambach’s surprising, empathetic novel takes on heavy themes of illness, suffering, religion, patience, and purpose, with a balanced mix of humor and heart.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A BookPage Top Pick for August 2016
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