Children in the City of Czars


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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.72 inches | 1.04 pounds

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About the Author

Irmgarde Brown is a semi-retired librarian/manager, a Latvian/American, a long-time blogger, a photographer, a playwright and director, an active volunteer in the Havre de Grace, Maryland arts community, and a friend to the Village of Hope in Zambia, a children's home and school for orphaned and vulnerable children. Irmgarde and her late husband adopted three children (now adults) from Eastern Europe and has firsthand knowledge of the plight of orphans and street children in several of these countries. Children in the City of Czars is the first of a two-book series about the Lebedev siblings. The second book, Swan Out of Water, follows the challenges of the youngest sibling to America.


Kirkus Reviews: "...thorough exploration of St. Petersburg in the 1990s, seen through the eyes of three young children...this realistic drama is cruel, unforgiving, and indelicate; Brown writes uncomplicated prose that expertly exemplifies the cold brutality of life..."

PW's BookLife: "What truly distinguishes Brown's narrative is her intricate portrayal of sibling's voice...Heartrending story of orphaned siblings fighting to stay together in post-Soviet Russia."

Francine Markowitz, PhD, author of "Coming of Age in Post-Soviet Russia" "Readers will want a sequel to this compelling story that offers deep insight into... violent dislocation coupled with their desire for family and love."

Matt McAvoy Book Review Blog: "It isn't often I throw superlatives around, but I think it's fair to describe this book as something of an epic...and it is very, very good."