(From the publisher):
It is March 1913, and dear slovenly Mother Moscow, her windows still sealed against the cold of winter, is stirring herself to meet the beginning of spring. Change is in the air—uncertainly, too—and nowhere more than at 22 Lipka Street, the home of the English printer Frank Reid. Frank returns from work one night to find that his wife has gone away; no one knows where or why, or whether she'll ever come back. All Frank knows for sure is that he is now alone and must find someone to care for his three young children.
Into Frank's life comes Lisa Ivanova, a quiet, calming beauty from the country, untroubled to the point of seeming simple. But is she? And why has Frank's book-keeper, Selwin Crane, gone to such lengths to bring these two together? Who is the passionate Volodya, who breaks into the press at night—a thief, an agitator, a would-be murderer? Frank sees, but only dimly, for he is a rational man in Moscow, a city where human experience—of love and friendship, of politics and power—is always at its most unfathomable.
Original title: The Beginning of Spring
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction
Fiction→ Historical→ European→ 20th Century
Fiction→ Historical→ European→ Russia