By Kathryn Harrison
A NEW YORK instances NOTABLE BOOK
“Part love tale, half historical past, this novel is a journey 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 shipped to stay on the imperial palace with Tsar Nikolay and his kinfolk. 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 apartment arrest. As Russia descends into civil struggle, Masha and Alyosha locate solace in each one other’s corporation. to flee the confinement of the palace, and to distract the prince from the discomfort she can't heal, Masha tells him stories—some adorned and others solely imagined—about Nikolay and Alexandra’s courtship, Rasputin’s exploits, and their wild and beautiful state, now close to an irrevocable transformation. within the worlds in their mind's eye, the susceptible develop into powerful, legend turns into truth, and a destiny that would by no means come to cross 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] wonderful and staggering booklet . . . Harrison has given us whatever enduring.”—The manhattan instances publication Review
“[Harrison grants] this oft-told second with stunning freshness. . . . Masha re-invents our principles of Rasputin, and the realm of Nicholas and Alexandra is imbued with a glow whose fierceness is ruled through the imminence of its loss.”—Los Angeles Times
“A enthralling novel.”—O: The Oprah Magazine
“Bewitching . . . Harrison units old evidence like jewels during this intricately formed paintings of exalted empathy and mind's eye, a literary Fabergé egg. . . . [A] superb go back to historic fiction.”—Booklist (starred review)
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