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Chimes of a Lost Cathedral

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By Fitch, Janet

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The story of THE REVOLUTION OF MARINA M. continues in bestselling author Janet Fitch's sweeping epic about a young woman's coming into her own against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution.

ISBN 9780316510059
Barcode 9780316510059
Published 10 September 2019 by Little, Brown
Format Hardback
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Series Revolution of Marina M. (part: 2)
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ISBN-13 9780316510059
ISBN-10 031651005X
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Little, Brown
Imprint Little, Brown & Company
Publication Date 10 September 2019
International Publication Date 2 July 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Fitch, Janet
Series Revolution of Marina M. (part: 2)
Category Historical Fiction
War Fiction
Number of Pages 752
Dimensions Width: 154mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 46mm
Weight 1,040g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Historical fiction, Bildungsromans, Young women, Soviet Union - History - Revolution, 1917-1921, Saint Petersburg (Russia)
NBS Text Historical & Mythological Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code 967562

Description of this Book

The story of THE REVOLUTION OF MARINA M. continues in bestselling author Janet Fitch's sweeping epic about a young woman's coming into her own against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution. After the events of The Revolution of Marina M., young Marina Makarova is pregnant and on her own, forced to eke out an existence in the Russian countryside and plotting her escape back to Petrograd. When a train comes to town bearing none other than her estranged husband Genya--now a minor celebrity--and his ragtag agitprop troupe, Marina sees her way out. But on her return to Petrograd, she finds the city not as she remembered it. Ravaged by two years of revolution, it is a lawless place of brigands and orphans, and Marina must take desperate measures to protect herself and her child. From the beloved bestselling author of White Oleander, CHIMES OF A LOST CATHEDRAL is the sweeping, bold, and unforgettable story of a young woman's finding her strength and forging her own path amidst some of the most dramatic and devastating upheavals of the last century.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A story of the insurgent politics of a woman's heart -- of whom and how she loves, of what governs, betrays, or becomes her. The beauty of this book broke me open. Janet Fitch is stunningly, startlingly talented. --Jill Alexander Essbaum, author of Hausfrau In this lusty and intelligent novel, Fitch brilliantly entwines the blooming of a teenage girl with the bursting of a country, and tells their story with such intensity and urgency you can nearly hear the thundering hoofbeats of time and feel the shaking through the pages. This is an epic deserving comparison to the Russian masterworks -- not for its size, but for its scope, not for its subject, but for the sweep with which it meets it. Rarely have I ever known history to come so fully, fiercely alive. --Josh Weil, author of The Great Glass Sea Ambitious, vivid, engrossing. Fitch puts flesh and bones on one of the most tumultuous times in human history, a vast canvas filled with the rising up the oppressed, na ve hope, abrupt reversals and crushing betrayals. The novel is a virtuoso rendition of the time, buoyed by Fitch's impeccable research and her bold, unforgettable prose. --Susan Sherman, author of If You Are There and The Little Russian There's brilliance in this book: concept, structure, style...Read this novel for the passion of the main character, a girl becoming woman and poet with ten times the vitality and intellect of Scarlett O'Hara. --Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab's Wife and Abundance, a Novel of Marie-Antoinette The Revolution of Marina M. takes us deep inside the Russian Revolution and lets us witness it through a pair of remarkable eyes. Marina is a female Zhivago - a poet who uses her intelligence, her passion, and her love of language to interpret and survive the political turmoil around her. Janet Fitch is a wonderful writer and this might be her best book. --David Ebershoff, author of The Danish Girl and The 19th Wife Incandescent...The brilliant Janet Fitch has written yet another powerful, kaleidoscopic novel. --Cynthia Bond, author of Ruby Fitch captures the epic grandeur of Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, situating her characters in the pages of authentic history. Yet she also infuses her characters with transgressive sexual energy...Readers of Tolstoy, Boris Pasternak, and Margaret Mitchell will thrill to this narrative of women in love during the cataclysm of war. --Barbara Conaty, Library Journal An extraordinary coming-of-age tale...Marina is by turns adventurous, foolish, romantic, self-destructive, and courageous. --Jane Ciabattari, BBC.com A captivating novel starring an unforgettable heroine, The Revolution of Marina M. shows you a side to the Russian Revolution you've never seen before. --Sadie Trombetta, Bustle Janet Fitch presents this tumultuous epoch from the viewpoint of a passionate, resilient young woman...With heightened immediacy, Fitch's novel presents a richly described, on-the-street view of the revolution's transformative, often violent throes...The momentum rarely slackens. Fitch's cinematic storytelling and Marina's vibrant personality are standout elements in this dramatic novel. --Sarah Johnson, Booklist Fitch penetrates the heart and soul of her characters. Like Marina herself, Fitch is a poet, and one of the glories of her new novel is the shimmering beauty of language...Above all, Fitch is faithful to the Tolstoyan traditions of the Russian novel, writing about heroic events on an equally heroic scale. Remarkably, she catches and holds our interest...rewarding us with rich and provocative stories, compelling characters, and literary prose of the very highest order. --Jonathan Kirsch, Jewish Journal Fitch's first-person narrative is intensely intimate...As Marina comes of age, she is thrust into the spilled blood on the streets and the plight of the workers and artists...The author's passion seems to reside with Russia itself, exploring its intricate history and soul in good light and bad...Marina's identity changes and she becomes free to blaze into the future. --Erin Lewenauer, Minneapolis Star Tribune Stunning and heartbreaking...When I finished reading, my heart ached. I'd fallen head-over-heels with Marina, with her stubborn will to live, with her wild desire and impractical decision making. I hurt when she hurt; I was in love when she was. This is the perfect cold-weather novel to lose yourself in...Just be sure to brace yourself, because your heart might break, too. --Angela Lashbrook, Nylon An epic tale...In this relatable coming-of-age novel, Marina grapples with a changing world and struggles to find her place in it. --Nora Horvath, Real Simple This is Fitch's most powerful narrative, beautifully and propulsively written...The reading experience genuinely does share the opulence and intimacy of the great Russian masterpieces. --Steve Donoghue, Christian Science Monitor Fitch narrows the Russian Revolution to one woman's perspective, crafting a gorgeous epic that's a must-read for historical fiction fans. --Frannie Jackson, Paste Magazine Sprawling, immersive...There is plenty of action and drama...It's a pleasure to see Marina develop, her core character strengthening as she tries on new roles. --Steph Cha, USA Today A big, immersive novel for fans of Amor Towles's A Gentleman in Moscow. --Huffington Post Resplendent...Marina, a passionate, impressionable poet from an aristocratic family, gets swept up in young love and the Bolshevik movement. --Oprah.com Shimmers with vital energy...The novel luxuriates in exotic period details...The Revolution of Marina M. is hard to put down. --Trine Tsouderos, Chicago Tribune An epic tale of one young woman's story amid the drama and tragedy of the Russian Revolution. --Mary Sollosi, Entertainment Weekly PRAISE FOR THE REVOLUTION OF MARINA M.: Marina's unlikely bildungsroman proves so gripping that it's hard to put down...Fitch depicts [the Revolution] with devastating accuracy and imaginative power...sprawling, majestic. --Ani Kokobobo, LA Review of Books
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Janet Fitch's first novel, White Oleander, a #1 bestseller and Oprah's Book Club selection, has been translated into 24 languages and was made into a feature film. Her next novel, Paint It Black, hit bestseller lists across the country and has also been made into a film. She lives in Los Angeles.

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