************In her sweeping debut, American novelist and Putin resistance scholar Kristen Loesch delivers a timely and topical novel—one that spans three generations of Russian history, from the 1917 revolution to the last days of the Soviet Union.
“Anovel to be savored...Author Kristen Loesch has created a lush and dangerous world where the truth is hidden in the strangest places. A gorgeous epic.”—Anika Scott, international bestselling author of The Soviet Sisters
"[A] gripping, gut-wrenching, and absolutely glorious novel…It reads like a detective story, feels like a fairy tale, and strikes readers like an enduring classic Russian masterpiece. With its original, luminous prose and masterful storytelling, The Last Russian Doll has successfully redefined the historical fiction genre."—Weina Dai Randel, author of The Last Rose of Shanghai
“A masterful debut.”—Ellen Alpsten, author of Tsarina
“Both propulsive and engaging…By the end, no one is entirely innocent, and no one is unscathed in this love story riddled with betrayal and the far-reaching consequences of private jealousies in times of public upheaval.”—Melissa Fu, author of Peach Blossom Spring
“A hugely satisfying read, a sweeping tale of love and survival through the most turbulent years of Russian history, while deciphering a family history veiled in secrets and mysterious fairy tales. Superb.”—Anita Frank, author of The Lost Ones
“A magnificent, beautifully written novel set in two turbulent eras in twentieth-century Russian history. Kristen Loesch masterfully weaves the two timelines together into a rich, compelling, utterly absorbing novel. I adored it!”—Karen Coles, author of The Asylum
“A gorgeous saga, filled with mystery and Russian fairytales…a perfect tapestry of tragedy, romance, and survival…an absolutely mesmerizing read.”—Historical Novel Society
“…[E]motionally rich…. Loesch moves seamlessly between the expansive dual timelines, slowly establishing the connections between Rosie’s quest to solve the mystery of her family’s murders and Tonya’s efforts to survive the Bolshevik Revolution. Historical fiction fans will love this.”
“...[P]owerfully affecting tale.”—Booklist
ABOUT THE LAST RUSSIAN DOLL:
In a faraway kingdom, in a long-ago land...
These are the words that came to shape Rosie’s life, the words at the beginning of the strange stories that her mother used to tell.
Rosie’s childhood seems like a far-away fairytale – a time when she was living happily in Russia with her family, until an unspeakable tragedy changed everything.
Now, a decade later and studying at Oxford University, Rosie returns to Russia, intent on understanding what happened on that terrible night, and why.
In Moscow, Rosie uncovers more than she ever could have imagined about her family history, tied together through cryptic stories.
At the center is Tonya, a young noblewoman living in 1917 in a country on the brink of revolution, and the fateful love story that started it all…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: