The Madonnas of Leningrad, a novel by Debra Dean
Read in 2008
Marvelously woven tale of Marina, "then" a tour guide at the Hermitage Museum in Leningrad, during the WWII German siege of the city. "Now" an aging woman, whose family must face the tragic fact that she is a victim of Alzheimer's.
"Then", an intricate history of the many art treasures of the Hermitage, how they were "rescued" before the Germans stormed Leningrad, with glimpses of how Stalin's regime "stole" works to fund the Communist party.
"Now", a loving look at how 2 people fled Soviet Russia, WWII and Europe to come to America for their children, and how they never want to be parted.
"Now" sequences set in the Seattle/ San Juan Islands of Washington state, "then" in Leningrad, Russia.
Lovely story of love both for individuals, and for one's heritage.
Hope you will consider this book. Happy Reading.