Winter Garden

Winter Garden

Book - 2010
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The dying wish of a loving father ignites a family drama that brings two sisters and their acid-tongued, Russian-born mother together in a story that reaches back to WWII Leningrad.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2010
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780312364120
Branch Call Number: FICTION Han
Description: 394 pages ; 25 cm


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Jan 28, 2017

This book is excellent. It was recommended by a radio talk show host here in Kansas City, and so I decided to read it. I was drawn into the characters, fascinated by the history, even though it was fiction, it seemed so real.

AL_LORIN Sep 13, 2016

I recommend this one all the time, and for myself feel it is moving! I love the clever story within a story!

Jun 29, 2016

I absolutely loved this book. A great story of strength and endurance during WWII. I couldn't put it down.

Mar 16, 2016

Probably many of readers won't be agree with me if I say that this book is so boring and in slow motion – that I couldn't finish it. The siege of Leningrad (St. Petersburg now) - lasted 872 days from September 8, 1941 to January 27, 1944 (blockade ring was broken January 18, 1943). In Soviet Union the war was named The Great Patriotic War. It was humanly almost impossible to survive in that city during that period of war. People who survived the siege, were reborn, and became a symbol of resistance, endurance and goodness. That is why the character of Anya (Vera), with its absolute coldness to her own daughters, to me didn't look as realistic. After the blockade - people have become more attentive and caring toward each other. But, I repeat, I didn't finish reading the book, so with 100% accuracy cannot give my opinion about it. By the way, when it is said that Anya cooked soup from wallpaper stripes, it is not exactly how it was done in Leningrad. In besieged Leningrad they made soup to survive, but not out of strips of wallpaper itself, they used adhesive paste, with which the wallpaper was attached to the walls. And the paste was prepared at home by mixing flour and water. That's why was hoped that by boiling strips of wallpaper, paste will decoction, and therefore some of the flour will result in “soup”. The same was with leather belts. Leather was made from animal skin, so there could be some nutrients still in them, in belts. There are so many incredible stories about Leningrad siege! I also didn't really like is description of characteristics of modern American women, in this book too. Almost always, they are described as so independent, so strong! They never need support. They are "closed" within themselves during the difficult periods of life and ask people around them, mostly men, to leave them alone for a time and do not try to help them emotionally. But humans, in the most difficult moments, need support from people who truly worry about them, instead of pushing away closest people in order to demonstrate who knows what.

Jan 18, 2016

This is a compelling story that I didn't want to put down. It relates a period in the history of the Second World War of which I knew nothing. The sad thing is, stories just like this one, are being lived out In Syria this very moment. A city under siege and people eating leaf soup and babies starving to death. Why?

multcolib_karene Sep 27, 2015

The story flashes back between contemporary times and WWII Leningrad. The story set in WWII was the more interesting one to me. Though it's nice when a book ends with everything neatly tied together, I found the ending to be just a tad too coincidental and far fetched. Then again, I also found it quite moving.

multcolib_susannel Aug 25, 2015

Once upon a time - there was a mother who could only bear to tell her daughters the story of her life in a fairy tale. Does it end happily ever after? You decide.

Betsy2164 Jun 15, 2015

I loved this story. It was bittersweet. If you find the story depressing rather than interesting, please at least read the ending and then you may understand.

Mar 25, 2015

I found this book so depressing and not well written at all. It just went on and on. Couldn't figure out why I was so depressed until I stopped reading it and then felt better. No empathy for anyone. A huge waste of time and proud that I didn't finish it. Save your self and do not read. Self indulgent and needy women. If I owned the book I would have burned it!!! I don't write anything usually but want to save someone the agony of the read.

Feb 16, 2015

Loved this book, it had a very tearful but bittersweet ending

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M_ALCOTT Apr 10, 2015

"He is my home. How will I live without him?"-Anya

M_ALCOTT Apr 10, 2015

"Every choice changed the road you were on and it was too easy to end up going in the wrong direction."

M_ALCOTT Apr 10, 2015

"Sometimes when you opened the door to your mother's past, you found your own future."


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