Lost Believers

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Scribner Book Company
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5.88 X 8.64 X 1.05 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author
Irina Zhorov was born in Uzbekistan, in the Soviet Union, and moved to Philadelphia on the eve of its dissolution. After failing to make use of a geology degree, she received an MFA from the University of Wyoming. She's worked as a journalist for more than a decade, reporting primarily on environmental issues.
"A beautiful, mournful novel about faith gravely tempered by grief and the brutal iron of modernity bringing the greatest of losses. Zhorov's voice is fresh and appealing."
--Joy Williams, author of The Visiting Privilege and Harrow

"Lost Believers reads like a journey into the heart of a dark Siberian fairytale--Irina Zhorov a guide I trusted and believed in completely, and admired for the compassion she has for her characters, and for the earth itself."
--Carys Davies, author of West and The Mission House

"This hard, beautiful, highly moving novel seems carved straight out of the Siberian landscape it so vividly describes. Whether she is evoking the mountains and woods of the legendary taiga or Moscow in the 1970s, Zhorov writes with vision and clarity. Galina and Agafia and the whole lost world they inhabit come wonderfully alive."
--Laird Hunt, author of Zorrie and This Wide Terraqueous World

"Like the wilds of Siberia--wondrous, ruthless, and full of surprises. A novel about survival, about carving out space for joy in the face of brutality, about staying and about leaving, about choosing between freedom and the people you love."
--Ash Davidson, author of Damnation Spring
"Zhorov deftly explores the landscape of the two women's lives and the choices they must make as their worlds converge, mapping the forces of faith and fate, progress and preservation onto the backdrop of 1970s Soviet life."
--Scientific American