Lost Souls of Leningrad


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$17.95  $16.69
She Writes Press
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5.5 X 8.4 X 1.2 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Suzanne Parry's interest in the Soviet Union began in college. As as undergraduate, she studied Russian in Moscow. After earning a master's degree from Princeton University, she joined the US Department of Defense and worked as an arms control specialist at the Pentagon, where she helped negotiate the Conference on Disarmament in Europe, the first security agreement of the Gorbachev era. Suzanne went on to raise a large family (requiring its own negotiating skills), teach university, and move to several different countries. She landed in Portland, Oregon, where she coached high school cross-country and track before embarking on a writing career. A committed runner, she has completed several dozen marathons, including the fifty-six-mile Comrades Marathon in South Africa. She now divides her time between Portland and Washington, DC. When not writing, running, or planning her next travel adventure, she enjoys time with her adult children and grandchildren.


"This is historical fiction that feels ripped from today's headlines . . . an engaging portrayal of love and survival in wartime."

--Debra Dean, best-selling author of New York Times Editor's Choice The Madonnas of Leningrad

"Lost Souls of Leningrad is a sweeping, heartbreaking, and life-affirming saga. . . . A remarkable and immersive book that belongs on the shelf with Life and Fate."

--Kim Taylor Blakemore, best-selling author of The Companion and After Alice Fell

"With the devastating siege of Leningrad as the backdrop, a widowed violinist and her teenage daughter struggle to survive. In Suzanne Parry's Lost Souls of Leningrad, the despair and brutality of war is evoked through a tender human story of love, family, music, and hope. A stirring novel I couldn't put down!"

--Linda Kass, author of Tasa's Song and A Ritchie Boy

"Lost Souls of Leningrad dives into the personal story of a family navigating one of the major atrocities of modern history. Told with the authority that only a scholar can provide, combined with the chops of a natural storyteller, this book is a can't-put-down triumph."

--Suzy Vitello, author of Faultland, The Empress Chronicles, and The Moment Before

"Set in 1941 Leningrad, this tension-filled, well-crafted WWII historical novel tells the harrowing story of Sofya Karavayeva, a widowed violinist, and Yelena, her spirited, young granddaughter. . . . Through masterfully created characters and vivid dialogue, this powerful, inspiring saga brings to the forefront the overwhelming challenges of the daily life of those 'lost in Leningrad' during one of the most treacherous periods in Russian history. . . . Lost Souls of Leningrad is a thought-provoking, disturbing, and compassionate portrayal of war's impact and how the lives of ordinary people are forever changed."

--Historical Novel Reviews