"For the first minute or two, I do nothing but luxuriate in the smell of the study. It is my favorite smell in the world, a noble smell..." (page 17) Wow. The way Grushin writes is dazzling, her descriptions mesmerize, the memory of her prose is unforgettable and rich.
Before I had even reached half-way through this book, I went looking for her other two books.
Olga Grushinis a Russian-born award-winning writer whose work has been translated into fifteen languages. Her first novel, "The Dream Life of Sukhanov," won the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Award for First Fiction and for England s Orange Award for New Writers."The New York Times"chose it as a Notable Book of the Year, and both it and her second novel, "The Line, "were among"The Washington Post" s Ten Best Books of the Year (2007, 2010). In 2007, "Granta"named Grushin one of the Best Young American Novelists."Forty Rooms"is her third novel. Grushin was born in Moscow, moved to the United States as a teenager, and now lives outside Washington, D.C., with her two children."
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