The Madonnas of Leningrad

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Product Details

Price
$15.99  $14.71
Publisher
Harper Perennial
Publish Date
Pages
256
Dimensions
5.36 X 7.88 X 0.67 inches | 0.44 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780060825317

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About the Author

Debra Dean worked as an actor in New York theater for nearly a decade before opting for the life of a writer and teacher. She and her husband now live in Miami, where she teaches at the University at Miami. She is at work on her second novel.

Reviews

The most-recommended book of 2006--Salt Lake City Tribune
"Spare, elegant language [and] taut emotion...secure for this debut work a spot on library shelves everywhere."--Library Journal
"[A] remarkable first novel about the consolation of memory."--NPR Nancy Pearl Book Review
"Elegant and poetic, the rare kind of book that you want to keep but you have to share."--Isabel Allende, New York Times bestselling author of ZORRO
"Exquisitely crafted and deeply satisfying."--Oakland Tribune
"[A] poetic novel."--San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"Dean writes with passion and compelling drama about a grotesque chapter of World War II."--People
"[A] heartfelt debut."--New York Times Book Review
"An unforgettable story of love, survival and the power of imagination in the most tragic circumstances. Elegant and poetic, the rare kind of book that you want to keep but you have to share."--Isabel Allende, New York Times bestselling author of ZORRO
"[A] heartfelt debut...[that] switches deftly between the siege and the present...[it is] admirably humane in its determination to restore the dignity Alzheimer's strips away. What's more, it largely avoids the sentimentality that mars so much writing about the old and infirm."--New York Times Book Review
"Rare is the novel that creates that blissful forgot-you-were-reading experience. This sort of transcendence is rarer still when the novel in question is an author's debut, but that is precisely what Debra Dean has achieved with her image-rich book, The Madonnas of Leningrad."--Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Dean eloquently depicts the ravages of Alzheimer's disease and convincingly describes the inner world of the afflicted. Spare, elegant language, taut emotion, and the crystal-clear ring of truth secure for this debut work a spot on library shelves everywhere."--Library Journal
"A thoughtful tragedy that morphs into a tear-jerker in the third act."--Kirkus Reviews
"An extraordinary debut. . . . Like the glorious ghosts of the paintings in the Hermitage that lie at the heart of the story, Dean's exquisite prose shimmers with a haunting glow, illuminating us to the notion that art itself is perhaps our most necessary nourishment. A superbly graceful novel."--Chang-Rae Lee, New York Times Bestselling author of Aloft and Native Speaker
"Dean merges past and present in prose that shines like the gilt frames in the hermitage.... this novel of memory and forgetting glows with love and hope."--BookPage
"...this is a novel that dares to be beautiful - and fully succeeds."--Daily Mail (London)
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