The Summer Guest

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6.1 X 1.4 X 9.1 inches | 1.2 pounds
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About the Author

Alison Anderson spent many years in California; she now lives in a Swiss village and works as a literary translator. Her translations include The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery and works by Nobel laureate J. M. G. Le Clézio. She has also written two novels and is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literary Translation Fellowship.


"In an enchanting era-spanning novel, Anderson crafts a literary mystery that goes beyond the limits of time."--Entertaiment Weekly, "Must List"
"Luminous.... Intriguing.... Many facts of Chekhov's life...are deftly folded into The Summer Guest. Moreover, Anderson cannily evokes the charm, witty skepticism and compassion that underpins his writing.... The bittersweet tone and elegantly entwined portraits of three remarkable women that make The Summer Guest so transporting."--Seattle Times
"The book blurs the line between firsthand experience and imagining worlds one cannot know, either because of blindness or the removals of time and geography, and renders authentic and memorable portraits of its three heroines."--New York Times Book Review
"I find myself gravitating towards books about women, looking for role models of survival and strength, resilience, and power, [like] The Summer which women from different times strive to understand the unique power of words, the power to record and reflect and inspire."--Nina Sankovitch, Huffington Post
"The blind doctor, Zinaida Lintvaryova, stays in my heart long after I close Alison Anderson's beautifully written book. The young Chekhov himself cannot outshine Zinaida as she urgently explores life, science, art, family, and love, her passion defying death."--Helen Simonson, New York Times bestselling author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
"The Summer Guest gives us all of the pleasures of a superb mystery novel, but most of all it is a profound meditation on the power, and necessity, of the imagination. What a deeply moving novel."--Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author of Serena and Above the Waterfall
"An ineffable Russian atmosphere leaves ample room for the delights of the imagination, with that little extra touch of soul."--Muriel Barbery, New York Times bestselling author of The Elegance of the Hedgehog and The Life of Elves
"A richly researched and subtly nuanced mystery that explores the intimate relationships of one of Russia's best loved writers and poses intriguing questions about the fine line between art and deception."--Kathleen Tessaro, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfume Collector
"With lush prose and a painter's eye, Alison Anderson explores the delicate beauty of melancholy in the lives of three spiritual 'sisters'.... The Summer Guest finds rays of hope in the deepest loss and reminds us that our unfinished stories may be the most meaningful."--Charlie Lovett, New York Times bestselling author of The Bookman's Tale
"The height of elegance.... A gorgeous elegy to a great Russian writer.... But Chekhov forms only one facet of this remarkable novel.... An exceptional novel about the transcendent possibilities of literature, friendship, and contemplation."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Multi-layered.... Captures a classic Russian theme--the beauty of sadness--with a portrait of friendship between a relatively lighthearted Anton Chekhov and a young woman doctor.... A metafictional paean to literature's capacity to seduce us and make us see the world differently."--Heller McAlpin,
"Subtle and haunting.... Ardent Chekhov fans will appreciate a brief immersion in the world he must have known...while readers of any stamp can enjoy the melancholy beauty of a vanished world and the surprise twist that, at the end, offers what all three characters have been searching for."--Publishers Weekly
"Elegant.... This alluring and deceptively ingenuous novel demands close consideration from its readers, contains an internal mystery, and packs a heartbreakingly lovely emotional punch."--Booklist (starred review)
"The interplay between past and present...draws readers into the novel and enables them to believe they have actually met the great playwright.... Illuminating.... Anderson, a noted translator...has a sure touch in dealing with her material. An impressive work, highly recommended to lovers of literary fiction."--Library Journal
"Inspired by a real friendship between Chekhov and a Ukranian family, you will fall in love with this gorgeously written historical fiction novel."--Serendipity Magazine