Available in Paperback on March 13, ! A fantastic book club pick. A young American woman, Alexandra Boyd, has traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria, hoping that life abroad will salve the wounds left by the loss of her beloved brother. Soon after arriving in this elegant East European city, however, she helps an elderly couple into a taxi—and realizes too late that she has accidentally kept one of their bags.
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Available in Paperback on March 13, ! A fantastic book club pick. A young American woman, Alexandra Boyd, has traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria, hoping that life abroad will salve the wounds left by the loss of her beloved brother.
Soon after arriving in this elegant East European city, however, she helps an elderly couple into a taxi—and realizes too late that she has accidentally kept one of their bags. Inside she finds an ornately carved wooden box engraved with a name: Stoyan Lazarov. Raising the hinged lid, she discovers that she is holding an urn filled with human ashes.
As Alexandra sets out to find the family and return this precious item, she will first have to uncover the secrets of a talented musician whose life was shattered by oppression. And she will discover all too quickly that this knowledge is fraught with its own danger.
Not only do these scenes provide that grounding I mentioned earlier — they allow Kostova to show us her deep love for her adopted homeland. I think we have something special to give the world — culture, and lessons from history. And beauty. It would be tragic for us to go backward. We have already suffered too much. We take that sense of mystery back to our own realities, wonderfully dazed by the experience of the book.
Lyrical and compelling, The Shadow Land proves a profound meditation on how evil is inflicted, endured, and, through courage and compassion, defeated. Page-turning, evocative, and richly imagined.
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According to Kostova, "It was the formative experience of my childhood. Her mother, a librarian, frequently took her and her sisters to the public library—they were each allowed to check out 30 books and had a special shelf for their library books. As an undergraduate at Yale, she sang in and directed a Slavic chorus. The recordings they made will be deposited in the Library of Congress. What if Dracula was still alive? Two days later, she started work on the novel. Kostova finished the novel in January and sent it out to a potential literary agent in March.
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Maybe not a bad thing in the long run. All that time sitting has been rough on The Historian. I did enjoy this, all digression and prevarication aside and Elizabeth Kostova can write kostkva is clearly an excellent historian in her own right, which is what pushed me on to the end without feeling the need to drive a stake through my own heart. What does the legend of Vlad the Impaler have to do with the modern world?