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Wake in Winter by [Belenkaya, Nadezhda]
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Like an art-house movie that lifts your heart while being true to the sadness of the world, Wake in Winter points out traces of the sublime to elevate the ordinary. Nina is sensitive and alert to the beauty in the details, but as she bears witness to corruption and harsh realities, she risks losing that sense of perspective.

Nina starts her job matching Spanish parents with Russian orphans with naive optimism. With each new case Nina takes on, the darker aspects of the industry stun her into numbness. She works long hours, wades through bureaucracy, and is traumatized by how little she can really do to help orphaned children and childless parents find the happiness and stability they’re seeking. How can she bear to keep trying? At each difficult turn something breathtaking stops Nina in her tracks: snow blossoming like white orchids against the night sky, the shapes out the car window changing contrast like a photograph in developing solution, a stand of birch trees charging into the road to have a look at who’s driving through their forest with Moscow license plates. Nina feels the world, and it rewards her with moments of wonder.

Elevated by this subtle redemption, Nina matures, recognizing at last that her greatest weakness is also her unexpected strength. And isn’t that true of us all?

- Gabriella Page-Fort, Editor


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About the Author

Nadezhda Belenkaya was born in Moscow and has a degree in Hispanic studies and literary translation from the Gorky Literary Institute. She is the author of more than twenty short stories and novelettes. She has also translated many essays and novels from Spanish to her native Russian.

Wake in Winter is Belenkaya’s first novel. She currently resides in Moscow.


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  • File Size: 2403 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing (November 1, 2016)
  • Publication Date: November 1, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01DIZCV3C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,967 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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