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The Girl from the Hermitage, Paperback / softback Book

The Girl from the Hermitage Paperback / softback

Paperback / softback

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It is December 1941, and eight-year-old Galina and her friend Vera are caught in the siege of Leningrad, eating wallpaper soup and dead rats.

Galina's artist father Mikhail has been kept away from the front to help save the treasures of the Hermitage.

Its cellars could provide a safe haven, as long as Mikhail can survive the perils of a commission from one of Stalin's colonels. Three decades on, Galina is a teacher at the Leningrad Art Institute.

What ought to be a celebratory weekend at her forest dacha turns sour when she makes an unwelcome discovery.

The painting she starts that day will hold a grim significance for the rest of her life, as the old Soviet Union makes way for the new Russia and her world changes out of all recognition. Warm, wise and utterly enthralling, Molly Gartland's debut novel guides us from the old communist era, with its obvious terrors and its more surprising comforts, into the bling of 21st-century St Petersburg.

Galina's story is an insightful meditation on ageing and nostalgia as well as a compelling page-turner.

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