|No. of Pages:||256|
About The Book
A seductive, sensual and sinister love triangle set in 1930s America and inspired bythe infamous Nabokov marriageZoya Andropova, a young Russian refugee, finds herself in an elite NewJersey boardingschool. Having lost her family, her home and her sense of purpose, Zoya struggles tobelong, a task made more difficult by her newcountry's paranoia about Soviet spies.
When she meets charismatic fellowRussian migr Leo Orlov - whose books Zoyahas obsessed over for years - everything seems to change. But she soon discoversthat Leo is bound by the sinister orchestrations of his brilliant wife, Vera, and that theirrelationship is far more complex than Zoya could ever have imagined.
About The Author
Adrienne Celt's debut novel, The Daughters, won the PEN Southwest Book Award forFiction and was an NPR Best Book of the Year and an NYPL Favorite Book of the Year.
Her story 'Temples' was included in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2016. Her work hasappeared in Epoch, Zyzzyva, Prairie Schooner, Esquire, Electric Literature, TheRumpus, The Millions, and elsewhere. She has an MFA in fiction from Arizona StateUniversity, draws weekly comics at loveamongthelampreys.com and lives in Tucson.
|Title:||Invitation to a Bonfire||Publisher:||Raven Books|
|No. of Pages:||256|
“I wanted you dead. You put flame to paper. We both had our reasons, didn’t we?” It took me a WHILE to get into this book. In fact, I picked it up and dropped it a few times before I managed to get invested enough that I simply had to read till the ending. Invitation to a Bonfire was a highly bizarre book, told through letters and journal entries from different points of view, in a non-linear style that it took me a while to enjoy, but I ultimately did. Let me break it down so I can explain it better: PLOT: Zoe Andropova is an orphan from Soviet Russia, brought to the United States on a ship filled with orphans and enrolled in a girl’s school. The story is told half from her point of view, and half from a celebrated author of Russian origin, Lev Orlov. Even though we don’t hear from Vera, Lev’s wife, I feel like we get to know her, both through Zoe and Lev’s descriptions of her. Invitation to a Bonfire is a story of the past, entwined with the present. CHARACTERS: I feel like I knew a LOT about Lev, Zoe and Vera, and still nothing at all. They were monotone characters, with singular purposes and yet, made all the sense in the world as well rounded people. WRITING: If there’s one thing I KNOW I loved, it was Adrienne Celt’s writing. It was deep, sensual, haunting, lyrical and gorgeous all at the same time, and without the mystical tinge to it all, I probably wouldn’t have liked this book at all. CONCLUSION: Truth be told, I’m CONFUSED as to what I feel about this book. I struggled to connect with it, and, then, as soon as I did, the story was over. I feel like we were left at the edge of a cliff, with so many unanswered questions about Lev, Zoe and Vera just left hanging in the air and yet, the story had come to an end. In a nutshell, I got a piece of literature completely contradictory to both my expectations and predictions, and maybe that’s what the best mystery novels do, Full Review on A Thosuand Words A Million Books