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This is an auction for DESPITE THE FALLING SNOW by Shamim Sarif reviews:

"After an early career among the political elite of Cold War Russia, Alexander Ivanov has built a successful business in the States. For 40 years, he has buried the tragic memories surrounding his charismatic late wife, Katya—or so he believes. For into his life come two women—one who will open up the heart he has protected for so long; another who is determined to uncover what really happened to Katya so long ago. The novel's journey back to the snowbound streets of post-Stalinist Moscow reveals a world of secrets and treachery. Shamim Sarif's elegant writing delicately evokes the intensity of passionate love and tragic violence."

"This has been such a great book to read. I practically read it in one sitting. The backdrop for this story is the 1950s Russia. It gives us a good idea of what living in a totalitarian state was like. It's full of suspense, and you put together the puzzle with every other chapter. 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. I loved it!"

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Paperback 2004.

341 pages.

Very good condition.

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