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Despite The Falling Snow Paperback – August 8, 2010
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"My novel of the year: its delicate artistry and immense compass reaches back to the labyrinthine heart of Soviet Russia." —Independent
About the Author
Shamim Sarif is a novelist, screenwriter and film director. She recently wrote and directed the motion picture adaptation of her own first novel, The World Unseen, which was the winner of a Betty Trask Award and the Pendleton May First Novel Award. The film The World Unseen is the recipient of 23 international awards. She is also the writer/director of the feature film I Can't Think Straight, winner of 11 awards, which is based on her novel of the same name. Despite the Falling Snow is her second novel. She lives in London with her partner Hanan and their two children.
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The pace is right on, the travel in time back and forth works nicely for the story, and the story is really good. I could really connect with the main characters emotionally and intellectually. It is a beautiful love story from cover to cover, with a spy agenda of course. It's an interesting ride through the twisted and pleasurable roads of love, with some detours into less pleasurable emotions such as hate, guilt, and betrayal, as well as a glimpse into relationships in general.
It's great to see what this man, Alexander, makes out of his life even as an older man, despite of his losses and pain. And Katya, whom the whole story revolves around, is truly an intriguing character. She's seductive, secretive and mysterious, and yet very human. I loved it!
MUCH better than some of these so-called "Amazon best sellers" on Kindle that I've read and set aside because the structure was just too juvenile.
I would gladly read another book by this author.
The main focus is Soviet Russia of the mid 1950's and the mystery of what happened to a woman, Katya, trying to defect to the US. Set against this is the story of her husband, Alexander, now a successful businessman in present day Boston, who has never known the exact fate of the wife he left behind in the USSR and finally is confronting the past.
The characters are well written and convincing, and the whole thing holds together very well. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good love story mixed with politics.
I love the way Shamim writes, how she describes every emotion and characterizes a character, who live in your mind.
It is impossible not to feel anything while reading this book.