Sunday, January 13, 2008
Russian Reading Kick-Off
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I've been eagerly awaiting the beginning of 2008 mainly because that meant the start of Ex Libris' Russian Reading Challenge! In honour of this great challenge, I'm offering up one of my favourite books of 2006 for the taking. It's The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean. This is a first novel, and although it was written in English by an American, the story is based in the Siege of Leningrad during WWII, jumping back and forth between one of the characters' experiences then and now, as she begins to suffer from Alzheimer's. It's an extraordinary novel, beautiful and memorable. If you'd like to read it, put your name down in the comments and I will draw for it on January 14, the New Year according to the Julian Calendar.