Ice Road

Ice Road

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WW Norton
"A gripping story of courage, disillusionment, survival, and the triumph of the human spirit."—Sarah Durant, author of The Birth of Venus

Baker & Taylor
The members of a single family--Boris Aleksandrovich, a well-meaning bureaucrat; his daughter Natasha; and Irina--are all tested by the horrors and hardships of war during the siege of Leningrad during World War II, in a profound story of love, courage, survival, despair, and the triumph of the human spirit. Reader's Guide available. Original. 15,000 first printing.

Norton Pub
"A gripping story of courage, disillusionment, survival, and the triumph of the human spirit."—Sarah Durant, author of The Birth of Venus
Loyalties, beliefs, love, family ties: all are tested to the limit in one of the most devastating moments of human history: the siege of Leningrad during World War II. Boris Aleksandrovich, a well-meaning bureaucrat, thinks he can negotiate between idealism and politics. His daughter, Natasha, learns otherwise when, as a young woman in love, she is almost crushed by her father's compromises. Watching all this unfold is Irina. Wise, ironic, marvelous Irina, whom Boris had persuaded to go on an ill-fated voyage to the Arctic Circle, where she barely survived. When she arrives back in Leningrad, he feels honor bound to find her a position within his family circle. Irina comes to understand how love for another may, in the end, be more powerful and more profound than blind loyalty to an idea. Exciting and heroic, peopled with wonderfully complex characters, Ice Road is a masterpiece. A finalist for the Orange Prize.

Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Co., 2005
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780393327205
0393327205
Characteristics: 545 p. ; 21 cm

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Aug 05, 2013

I picked this up at random and can't believe how lucky I was! It was a magnificent read from cover to cover. For anyone who loves novels set in Russia, this is a good choice, full of engrossing historic detail without getting bogged down in it. Plus wonderful interwoven stories with uniquely believable characters and situations. Beautiful writing. I could not put it down. Strongly recommended to all my friends.

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