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Chimes of a lost cathedral
2019
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After the events of The Revolution of Marina M. , young Marina Makarova is pregnant and on her own, forced to eke out an existence in the Russian countryside and plotting her escape back to Petrograd.

When a train comes to town bearing none other than her estranged husband Genya--now a minor celebrity--and his ragtag agitprop troupe, Marina sees her way out.

But on her return to Petrograd, she finds the city not as she remembered it. Ravaged by two years of revolution, it is a lawless place of brigands and orphans, and Marina must take desperate measures to protect herself and her child.

From the beloved bestselling author of White Oleander , CHIMES OF A LOST CATHEDRAL is the sweeping, bold, and unforgettable story of a young woman's finding her strength and forging her own path amidst some of the most dramatic and devastating upheavals of the last century.

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Fitch's transporting sequel to The Revolution of Marina M. (2017) is even better than the first book. Ceaselessly entertaining through its lengthy page count, it presents a disillusioned, more mature Marina Makarova as she is broken and remade alongside Russia during its civil war. As the novel opens, 19-year-old Marina, pregnant with her lover's child, has just escaped from a cult on her family's former estate. Her journeys take her deep into the Russian countryside and back to her devastated home city. In this full-blooded feminine epic, Marina narrates her dramatic life with striking visual detail, whether she's riding aboard the agit-train Red October, preparing for the White Army's advance on Petrograd, or teaching poetry to downtrodden shoe-factory women desperate for a glimpse of beauty. Enduring near-starvation and terrible poverty and loss, Marina forms strong connections with peasants and the artistic intelligentsia alike, but can't manage to leave her past behind. The revolution's not an event, Marina. It's a creature, Maxim Gorky tells her, and Fitch shows her protagonist's inner turmoil as she and Russian workers awaken to the revolution's political reality, which is far from what they'd hoped. Awash with emotion and poetic imagery that aptly reflect Marina's changing circumstances, Fitch's tale channels the woman's vibrant spirit throughout. Historical-fiction fans should devour this.--Sarah Johnson Copyright 2019 Booklist
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