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The White Russian Evie, a rebellious young American leaves New York in search of art and adventure in jazz age Paris, where her grandmother lives But on arrival, her grandmother s sudden death leaves Evie compelled to carry out her dying wish to find a man from her past called ZhenyaThe quest leads Evie deep into the heart of the Russian migr community of Paris With the world on the brink of war, she becomes embroiled in murder plots, conspiracies and illicit love affairs as White faces Red Russian and nothing is as it seemsWith Jean, a liberal Russian writer by her side, Evie finally seems to have found the passion and excitement she s yearned for But is she any nearer to discovering the identity of the mysterious Zhenya, or the heartbreak of her grandmother s past


About the Author: Vanora Bennett

I became a journalist almost by accident Having learned Russian and been hired after university by Reuters to my own surprise and the slight dismay of traditionally minded editors who weren t sure a Guardian reading blonde female would be tough enough for the job , I was then catapulted into the adrenaline charged realm of conflict reporting While on a trainee assignment in Paris, I fell in with the Cambodian migr community and ended up reporting in Cambodia myself, a decade after the Khmer Rouge regime ended, as well as covering Cambodian peace talks in places as far apart as Indonesia and Paris That led to a conflict reporting job in Africa, commuting between Angola and Mozambique and writing about death, destruction, diamonds and disease, and later to a posting in a country that stopped being the Soviet Union three months after I arrived I spent much of the early 1990s in smoky taxis in the Caucasus mountains, covering a series of small post Soviet conflicts that built up to the war in Chechnya.My fascination with the cultural and religious differences between Russians and the many peoples once ruled by Moscow grew into a book on the Chechen war Crying Wolf The Return of War to Chechnya A second,light hearted book followed, about post Soviet Russia s illegal caviar trade, once I d got homesick for London and moved back to writer leaders on foreign affairs for The Times This book was The Taste of Dreams An Obsession with Russia and Caviar.I now lead asedate life in North London with my husband and two small sons, enjoying the reading, research, writing and metropolitan leisure activities that I grew up expecting adult life to involve I ve found that writing books is much of a surprise, a pleasure and an adventure of the mind as it was to become a foreign correspondent.As a journalist I ve written for, among others, The Times and its website, TimesOnline, the Los Angeles Times, Prospect, The Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian Saturday magazine, the Daily Mail, the Evening Standard, Eve magazine, The Observer Food Monthlyand The Erotic Review.



10 thoughts on “The White Russian

  1. says:

    I discovered this book in the library when I had just finished Smiley s People which had bits about Russian emigres and I was pining for a similar book because my library didn t have ANY Le Carre novels and I had waited weeks to order even Smiley s People from inter library loan I thought of re reading Berberova s The Italics Are Mine which would have filled that yen but I wasn t ready for that y


  2. says:

    The reason I wanted to read The White Russian is because I enjoyed reading Midnight in St Petersburg by Vanora Bennett I found I was so engaged in reading The White Russian I was just turning pages after pages It is such a beautiful novel I just got completely lost into it The White Russian is set into four parts Evie did not know her grandmother until she turned eighteen.Out of the blue Evie s mot


  3. says:

    First of all, I don t like romance novels Second of all, I don t particularly enjoy historical fiction Third of all, this book was both The writing was confusing, switching between first person and third person The characters weren t well rounded The good part about this novel was the setting descriptions A for that, Vanora Bennett If you don t read a book just for the setting descriptions, do not re


  4. says:

    Thirties Paris, with Russian immigrants looking for a better life and love.


  5. says:

    Despite the inclusion of some very real people, focus was on the fictional characters and they were unfortunately tedious and 2 dimensional I was especially disappointed in the love story as it seemed to come out of nowhere Long lost relatives were also part of the theme and that was also quite annoying and soap opera ish.


  6. says:

    I wanted to like this book so much, but I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would It has all the makings of a good book coming of age, conflict, love and Paris It wasn t engaging I am, however, considering reading some of her other novels.


  7. says:

    I ve been terrible about posting books Now that we re all home, I will catch up for this year The White Russian was a sale book at barnesandnoble The cover spoke to me, so I was in vanorabennett s story of exiled Russians in Paris started as a simple young woman being rebellious story And then it got super interesting A little romance, a little spy intrigue, a little history and a little tragedy kept me rapt


  8. says:

    This satisfied my criteria for a perfect beach read 1 immersive story 2 well written and 3 believable, likable characters The setting the micro world of White Russians in Paris adds to the romance and color of the novel Evie, our protagonist, is a somewhat naive, conflict avoidant young woman who both comes into her own and finds love in her search to understand where she comes from by seeking out her Parisian


  9. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This book gave good insight into the conflict between the Whites and the Reds in Paris during the 1930 s While it started out strong, it petered out quickly Evie s grandmother has been estranged from her family Evie decides to go to Paris and get to know her Immediately upon her arrival the Grandmother dies The Grandmother, Constance


  10. says:

    I really looked forward to this book based on the summary But even just a few pages in I could not get past the contemporary language being used to try and tell a story based in the early 20th century That really killed it for me and I couldn t fully get into the plot with this superficial layer holding back the authenticity I did like the concept of the plot but when doing historical fiction the writing style is


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