From Publishers Weekly
Wallner's beautifully crafted if sometimes slow-moving evocation of 1970s Russia focuses on the struggles of 27-year-old Anna Tsazukhina, a house painter who lives in a small Moscow apartment with her famous poet father, Viktor Tsazukhin; her frail son, Petya; and her army officer husband, Leonid, though he's often on active duty far away. As she attempts to find food for her family and medicine for her son, she dreams of acquiring better living quarters. Once Anna begins an affair with Alexey Bulyagkov, a high government official, her everyday live becomes easier, but—this being Soviet-era Russia—she must pay a price. A KGB colonel recruits her to spy on Alexey and report on their affair. Wallner (April in Paris) ratchets up the suspense as he slowly peels away the layers of deceit. Patient readers willing to forgo flat-out action will be rewarded. (Apr.)
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“Tense, evocative and moving. Wallner expertly depicts the dreariness, paranoia and intrigue of the Soviet Union in the early 1970s, while simultaneously crafting a deep, heartfelt love story peopled by fully realized characters facing difficult situations, forced to act without a clear-cut notion of right and wrong.” —Kirkus Reviews
"Wallner brings the 1970s Soviet Union to life in this suspenseful tale of love and espionage during the Cold War."—The Daily Beast
Praise for April in Paris
“Bittersweet, resonant ... [Wallner] evokes war-ravaged Paris with a deft touch.”
—New York Times Book Review
"Touching [and] thrilling ... An impressive debut."