The Mirrored World

The Mirrored World

A Novel

Book - 2012
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A surprised Southern matriarch is confronted by her family at an intervention. . . . A life-altering break-in triggers insomniac introspection in a desperate actor. . . . Streetwise New York City neighbors let down their guard for a naive puppeteer and must suffer the consequences. . . . In this stunning collection of short storiesfive of which are being published for the very first timebestselling, award-winning author Debra Dean displays the depth and magnitude of her extraordinary literary talent. Replete with the seamless storytelling and captivating lyrical voice that made her debut novel, The Madonnas of Leningrad, a national bestseller, Dean's Confessions of a Falling Woman is a haunting, satisfying, and unforgettable reading experience.
Publisher: S.l. : HarperCollins Publishers c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061231452
0061231452
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER 071812B AS
Characteristics: 245 p. ; 24 cm.

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AL_ANNAL Mar 30, 2017

This historical novel is packed with fabulous descriptions of St. Petersburg before and during the reign of Catherine the Great. It recreates the life of St. Xenia from her lively girlhood to her time living on the streets in poverty serving the poor. A recurring theme is love - romantic love, tender love between the narrator and the eunuch she marries, love for children (biological and adopted), loving friendship, and love for G-d.

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Oct 13, 2015

After reading the Madonnas of Leningrad, I was quite disappointed with this book, which I found moved way to slowly.

ChristchurchLib Jul 24, 2014

Narrated by her closest friend, this novel recounts the life of Xenia Grigoryevna, patron saint of St. Petersburg. After Xenia loses her family at a tender age, she becomes a singer in the Imperial choir, marries a handsome military officer, and - in the wake of a terrible, fateful vision - loses him, along with their child. Reeling from the tragedy, Xenia relinquishes all her worldly possessions and takes to the streets, where she ministers to the poor. Alas, Xenia's behavior as a "holy fool" incurs the displeasure of the royal family, who view her actions as a criticism of their extravagant lifestyle. Readers interested in 18th-century courtly life in Russia may also want to check out Eva Stachniak's The Winter Palace, which traces Catherine the Great's rise to power.
Historical Fiction July 2014 Newsletter.

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tocch101
Jan 07, 2013

This story was good, but not great. I don't know if I have the capacity to understand the writing and perfection that this author puts in. However, her character development is ideal.

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GummiGirl
Nov 17, 2012

Although Xenia, the heroine, remains inscrutable, her cousin Darya (the narrator) is sympathetic. It helps to know something about Russian history.

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molly
Nov 15, 2012

Not very good

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