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[Anderson’s] prose is the height of elegance. Here’s hoping that she follows this novel with more of her own. An exceptional novel about the transcendent possibilities of literature, friendship, and contemplation. (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
Elegant.... This alluring and deceptively ingenuous novel demands close consideration from its readers, contains an internal mystery, and packs a heartbreakingly lovely emotional punch. (Booklist (starred review))
The Summer Guest gives us all of the pleasures of a superb mystery novel, but most of all it is a profound meditation on the power, and necessity, of the imagination. What a deeply moving novel. (Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author of Serena)
A richly researched and subtly nuanced mystery that explores the intimate relationships of one of Russia’s best loved writers and poses intriguing questions about the fine line between art and deception. (Kathleen Tessaro, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfume Collector)
Beautifully crafted and richly evocative, The Summer Guest offers sharp insight into the humor and humanity of [Anton Chekhov], and vivid transport to the verdant countryside of 1880s Eastern Ukraine. (Cathy Marie Buchanan, author of The Painted Girls)
“An effable Russian atmosphere. . . . Leaves ample room for the delights of the imagination, with that little extra touch of soul.” (Muriel Barbery, author of The Elegance of the Hedgehog)
“The portrayal of a great writer is a difficult feat for any novelist to pull off, but Alison Anderson succeeds. Her Chekhov is warm, engaging, possessed of a good sense of humour and a down-to-earth perspective.” (National Post)
“Subtle and haunting.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Luminous. . . . It is the bittersweet tone and elegantly entwined portraits of three remarkable women that make The Summer House so transporting.” (Seattle Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
THREE EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ARE BOUND TOGETHER BY THE STORY OF A MISSING MANUSCRIPT: A LOST NOVEL BY A YOUNG ANTON CHEKHOV
In the summer of 1888, Zinaida Lintvaryova, a young doctor prematurely blinded by a fatal illness, forges an unexpected and deep friendship with a young man whose family is renting a cottage on her father’s estate. She chronicles their time together in a diary. His name is Anton Pavlovich Chekhov.
In the winter of 2014, Katya Kendall’s London publishing house and marriage are both in shambles. But she believes the publication of Zinaida’s diary will save not only her business but also her relationship with her husband. All she needs is a translator . . .
During the painstaking job of translating the diary, Ana Harding discovers tantalizing clues suggesting that Chekhov—known for his plays and short
stories—wrote a novel. Ana embarks on a journey to discover the truth, and with each clue, a clearer picture—one that leaves her stunned—emerges from a deep mystery.
Inspired by historical events, The Summer Guest is a masterfully written paean
to friendship that transcends time and place. It is also a contemporary story of two women finding solace as they contemplate all that’s missing in their lives.
- Publication date : May 24, 2016
- File size : 710 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 416 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00ZP5WNP0
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Publisher : Harper; Reprint edition (May 24, 2016)
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- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #663,878 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Overall, though, a worthwhile and engaging reader for any readers who appreciate Chekov and Slavic culture generally.
Zinaida M. is blind, suffers severe headaches and also seizures. However, she is always available for conversations with her family, friends and especially Anton Pavlovich. At this time, her most loved possession is her notebook. This diary will become the focus of a publisher named Katya and her husband, Peter, and a translator named Ana in the Twenty-First Century.
There are many delightful and meaningful aspects of this novel. One is the difference between the West and Russia. According to Alison Anderson, there is a philosophical side to Russians. Therefore, the conversations between these two and others at the guest house can become very heavy and thoughtful. For example, there are thoughts about death, the afterlife and why serious illnesses enter our lives and whom should a person love in marriage and how passionate should that person feel about their chosen vocation. Anton Pavlovich talks about time. He is aware that time is not infinite. To use the gift of time well, should he spend most of it healing other people or writing a novel.
When thinking of the title, I did have a hard time dealing with "The Summer Guest." I expected to read more about Anton Pavlovich and his family and friends rather than Zinaida Mikhailovna. This, of course, is due to his fame as a Russian author. He is the writer of "The Cherry Orchard" and "The Sea Gull" and other plays and short stories. However, Alison Anderson's focus seems to lean more on the importance of a woman's struggles during a five year illness.
This woman's life is given great significance by Alison Anderson. I caught on to her respect for this woman like a fish would to a worm. I will remember Zinaida's thoughtful conversations and her contributions to the family and her desire to leave the diary as a legacy to her niece. My point is why not give the title of the book to Zinaida M. rather than to the author, Anton Chekov, or perhaps, a title including both of these wonderful Russian people. As it stands now, the title is a bit misleading.
Yes, the author puts much in perspective about Anton Pavlovich near the end of the novel. This part of the Russian novel is very real and important too. I also would like to applaud the author for writing so much about the invisible life of a book translator.. I do not think these men and women get enough recognition. It came down to worrying whether Ana would receive all of her pay. This made me question the character of Katya and Peter. Were they truly honest as publishers while dealing with Russian Literature?
Zinaida M. does come across as a wonderful person. I can see her walking with one hand on the shoulder of someone else while carrying a baby on her hip. I can see her touching every part of Anton P's face in order to remember him, and I can see her sharing talks with her sister, Elena and their mother. Seeing this lady's handwriting in a notebook would have thrilled me beyond words.
As for Anton P., I will always see him walking from his bedroom through his brother's bedroom. His brother died early of consumption. I wonder did he think of his brother each time he passed through that bedroom. Anton P. seems like such a sensitive man. I'm sure he could hear again his brother coughing or his difficulty while trying to talk. Love, life, death, nature it is all here in "The Summer Guest" by Alison Anderson.