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Invitation to a bonfire : a novel

Author: Adrienne Celt
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the 1920s, Zoya Andropova, a young refugee from the Soviet Union, finds herself in the alien landscape of an elite all-girls New Jersey boarding school. Having lost her family, her home, and her sense of purpose, Zoya struggles to belong, a task made more difficult by the malice her peers heap on scholarship students and her new country's paranoia about Russian spies. When she meets the visiting writer and
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Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Fiction
History
Thrillers (Fiction)
Suspense fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adrienne Celt
ISBN: 9781635571523 1635571529 9781408895153 1408895153
OCLC Number: 1001807496
Description: vi, 246 pages ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Adrienne Celt.

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"In the 1920s, Zoya Andropova, a young refugee from the Soviet Union, finds herself in the alien landscape of an elite all-girls New Jersey boarding school. Having lost her family, her home, and her sense of purpose, Zoya struggles to belong, a task made more difficult by the malice her peers heap on scholarship students and her new country's paranoia about Russian spies. When she meets the visiting writer and fellow Russian émigré Leo Orlov--whose books Zoya has privately obsessed over for years--her luck seems to have taken a turn for the better. But she soon discovers that Leo is not the solution to her loneliness: he's committed to his art and bound by the sinister orchestrations of his brilliant wife, Vera. As the reader unravels the mystery of Zoya, Lev, and Vera's fate, Zoya is faced with mounting pressure to figure out who she is and what kind of life she wants to build. Grappling with class distinctions, national allegiance, and ethical fidelity--not to mention the powerful magnetism of sex--Invitation to a Bonfire investigates how one's identity is formed, irrevocably, through a series of momentary decisions, including how to survive, who to love, and whether to pay the complicated price of happiness."--Amazon.com.

1920s. Zoya Andropova, a refugee from the Soviet Union, finds herself in the alien landscape of an elite all-girls New Jersey boarding school. Having lost her family, her home, and her sense of purpose, Zoya struggles to belong, a task made more difficult by the malice her peers heap on scholarship students and her new country's paranoia about Russian spies. When she meets visiting writer and fellow Russian émigré Leo Orlov, her luck seems to have taken a turn for the better. But he is committed to his art and bound by the sinister orchestrations of his brilliant wife, Vera. -- adapted from jacket.

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