• Pub. Date: September 2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN-13: 9780061962165
  • ISBN: 0061962163


From the Publisher

A mysterious jewel holds the key to a life-changing secret, in this breathtaking tale of love and art, betrayal and redemption.

When she decides to auction her remarkable jewelry collection, Nina Revskaya, once a great star of the Bolshoi Ballet, believes she has finally drawn a curtain on her past. Instead, the former ballerina finds herself overwhelmed by memories of her homeland and of the events, both glorious and heartbreaking, that changed the course of her life half a century ago.

It was in Russia that she discovered the magic of the theater; that she fell in love with the poet Viktor Elsin; that she and her dearest companions—Gersh, a brilliant composer, and the exquisite Vera, Nina’s closest friend—became victims of Stalinist aggression. And it was in Russia that a terrible discovery incited a deadly act of betrayal—and an ingenious escape that led Nina to the West and eventually to Boston.

Nina has kept her secrets for half a lifetime. But two people will not let the past rest: Drew Brooks, an inquisitive young associate at a Boston auction house, and Grigori Solodin, a professor of Russian who believes that a unique set of jewels may hold the key to his own ambiguous past. Together these unlikely partners begin to unravel a mystery surrounding a love letter, a poem, and a necklace of unknown provenance, setting in motion a series of revelations that will have life-altering consequences for them all.

Interweaving past and present, Moscow and New England, the backstage tumult of the dance world and the transformative power of art, Daphne Kalotay’s luminous first novel—a literary page-turner of the highest order—captures the uncertainty and terror of individuals powerless to withstand the forces of history, while affirming that even in times of great strife, the human spirit reaches for beauty and grace, forgiveness and transcendence.



RUSSIAN WINTER by Daphne Kalotay is an interesting historical set in present day Boston and 1950 Russia. It is well written with depth,details, twists and turns. It has mystery, tragedy, heart break, secrets, terror of war, mystery of Russia, ballerinas, a touch of romance, history, and the pain and trials of an aging woman. It interwines the past with the present in detail. The characters are rich, determined, and the plot flows easily. It shows the transformation of a yound hopeful Nina into the frustrated and resigned elder Nina. If you enjoy a hint of mystery, a hint of romance, and a lot of drams this is the book for you. This book was received from Good Reads for review and details can be found at Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers and My Book Addiction and More.