The seductive story of a dangerous love triangle, inspired by the infamous Nabokov marriage, with a spellbinding psychological thriller at its core.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 countrys paranoia about Russian spies. When she meets the visiting writer and fellow Russian migr Leo Orlovwhose books Zoya has privately obsessed over for yearsher luck seems to have taken a turn for the better. But she soon discovers that Leo is not the solution to her loneliness: hes 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 Veras fate, Zoya is faced with mounting pressure to figure out who she is and what kin...
|Title||:||Invitation to a Bonfire|
|Number of Pages||:||256 pages|
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Invitation to a Bonfire Reviews
The revolution and following turmoil made an orphan of Zoya Andropova. Therefore, she like so many other kids comes to the USA as an orphan and is welcomed in a New Jersey boarding school. She never belongs even though she quickly acquires the language and gets good marks. After her schooling, she can stay on the premises and work in the newly built greenhouse where she fully immerses in her work with the plants. Neither does she have friends, nor a lover. It is just her work and the love for li ...more
This was a great read! Loosely based on the troubled Nabokov marriage, it was a thrilling tale of mystery and suspense with a little bit of single white female thrown in for good measure. Adrienne Celt expertly weaves a story that made it hard for me to put this down. She even manages to make this feel like a Russian novel. I for one loved it. Thank you to NetGalley for providing an ARC for review.
“My mother told me to take cues from my betters. Learn their habits, and track them like deer in a live wood. Keep watch of their movements, and, if it helps, imagine you’ve tied a line of bright yarn to one ankle to make their path clear.”
There’s a very definite Talented Mr. Ripley feel to this novel, and while I will acknowledge it was clever in its execution, for me, it didn’t quite reach the suspense and sophistication of this great predecessor.
The novel itself is told in the form of a journ ...more
This one comes out of nowhere and gets under your skin. Zoya Andropova comes over from Russia as a young orphan, dropped into an all-girls boarding school in 1920s New Jersey. Zoya is alienated and alone when her favorite Russian novelist arrives with his beautiful, aristocratic, calculating wife. What results is a quiet, burning meditation on deception, identity, class distinction, nationality, loyalty, & art, that rages into a holy conflagration and will leave you with a kind of delicious ...more
I really, really wanted to like this book. The synopsis sounded great, so I figured I'd enjoy it. Unfortunately, I just could NOT get into it. I've spent the last three days trying to read this book. I thought for SURE I must be almost half-way through it, but when I looked and saw I was only 12% of the way through, I decided it was time to move on.
I'm giving this two stars and not one because, while I couldn't get into the story, the writing is excellent. Strange, I know, so say the writing of ...more
Thanks Bloomsbury USA and netgalley for this ARC.
This book will keep you reading all night long. You wont know which way is up and down at the end but you'll be satisfied.
Short Summary: The tepid tale of a love triangle gone wrong (although do any of them ever go right?) that was inspired by Vladimir and Vera Nabokov's marriage.
Thoughts: The summary makes it easy to go into this novel with certain expectations (seductive story, spellbinding psychological thriller) but this story is, possibly because it was written as a series of letters, comes off as extremely apathetic and lethargic.
Verdict: Unfortunately, this tale failed to seduce or spellbind me and consideri ...more
There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigious girls’ boarding school completely alone. In her diary, she describes this specific time in her life and the events that occur shortly thereafter.
I couldn’t help but consider Erickson’s stages of psychosocial de ...more