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The White Russian by Vanora Bennett
  

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A great story, a great read and a fascinating period. This is Paris 1937 set mostly among the Russian émigré community. Twenty-one year old Evie, an American girl, goes to visit her grandmother who has a stroke and dies leaving a name and the initial ‘M’ on a piece of paper and so the mystery begins. It seems Grandma Constance, once married to a Russian diplomat, had an affair and it is that love she is attempting to protect. Young Evie gets very caught up in the drama for this is indeed a dramatic period of treachery and skulduggery. Excellent stuff.

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Synopsis

The White Russian by Vanora Bennett

From the author of Midnight in St Petersburg, a novel of love, art, music and family secrets set amongst the Russian emigre community of Paris in 1937. Evie, a rebellious young American leaves New York in search of art and adventure in jazz-age Paris, where her grandmother lives. But on arrival, her grandmother's sudden death leaves Evie compelled to carry out her dying wish: to find a man from her past called Zhenya. The quest leads Evie deep into the heart of the Russian emigre community of Paris. With the world on the brink of war, she becomes embroiled in murder plots, conspiracies and illicit love affairs as White faces Red Russian and nothing is as it seems. With Jean, a liberal Russian writer by her side, Evie finally seems to have found the passion and excitement she's yearned for. But is she any nearer to discovering the identity of the mysterious Zhenya, or the heartbreak of her grandmother's past?


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'Deeply romantic' Good Housekeeping

'blissful escapist writing' The Times

'a genuinely intriguing and intricate plot with lots of false leads, twists, turns and surprises' Culture Fly

About the Author

Vanora Bennett was born and brought up in London. She is a writer and a freelance journalist. She lives in North London with her husband and two children.

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Publication date

26th March 2015

Author

Vanora Bennett

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Publisher

Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Paperback
368 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9780099571551

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