By Kathryn Harrison
A NEW YORK occasions NOTABLE BOOK
"Part love tale, half heritage, this novel is a travel de strength [told] in language that soars and sears."--More
St. Petersburg, 1917. After Rasputin's physique is pulled from the icy waters of the Neva River, his eighteen-year-old daughter, Masha, is distributed to stay on the imperial palace with Tsar Nikolay and his kin. Desperately hoping that Masha has inherited Rasputin's therapeutic powers, Tsarina Alexandra asks her to are inclined to her son, the headstrong prince Alyosha, who suffers from hemophilia. quickly after Masha arrives on the palace, the tsar is pressured to abdicate, and the Bolsheviks position the royal relations less than condo arrest. As Russia descends into civil warfare, Masha and Alyosha locate solace in every one other's corporation. to flee the confinement of the palace, and to distract the prince from the ache she can't heal, Masha tells him stories--some decorated and others totally imagined--about Nikolay and Alexandra's courtship, Rasputin's exploits, and their wild and beautiful nation, now near to an irrevocable transformation. within the worlds in their mind's eye, the vulnerable develop into powerful, legend turns into truth, and a destiny that might by no means come to move feels shut at hand.
Praise for Enchantments
"A luxurious, atmospheric account of the final days of the Romanovs from the point of view of Rasputin's daughter, [told] with the sensuous, transporting prose that's Kathryn Harrison's trademark."--Jennifer Egan
"[A] most suitable and spectacular e-book . . . Harrison has given us whatever enduring."--The big apple instances publication Review
"[Harrison grants] this oft-told second with stunning freshness. . . . Masha re-invents our rules of Rasputin, and the area of Nicholas and Alexandra is imbued with a glow whose fierceness is ruled by way of the imminence of its loss."--Los Angeles Times
"A captivating novel."--O: The Oprah Magazine
"Bewitching . . . Harrison units ancient evidence like jewels during this intricately shaped paintings of exalted empathy and mind's eye, a literary Fabergé egg. . . . [A] stunning go back to old fiction."--Booklist (starred review)
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