The Mirrored World

The Mirrored World

A Novel

Book - 2012
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A historical novel set in the royal court in eighteenth-century St. Petersburg follows Xenia, who experiences a family tragedy and undergoes a profound transformation that alters the course of her life and instills fear in the heart of the new empress, Catherine.
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2012
Edition: First edition
Description: x, 245 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780061231452
0061231452
Branch Call Number: Dean

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21221018293347
Oct 13, 2015

After reading the Madonnas of Leningrad, I was quite disappointed with this book, which I found moved way to slowly.

ChristchurchLib Jul 24, 2014

Narrated by her closest friend, this novel recounts the life of Xenia Grigoryevna, patron saint of St. Petersburg. After Xenia loses her family at a tender age, she becomes a singer in the Imperial choir, marries a handsome military officer, and - in the wake of a terrible, fateful vision - loses him, along with their child. Reeling from the tragedy, Xenia relinquishes all her worldly possessions and takes to the streets, where she ministers to the poor. Alas, Xenia's behavior as a "holy fool" incurs the displeasure of the royal family, who view her actions as a criticism of their extravagant lifestyle. Readers interested in 18th-century courtly life in Russia may also want to check out Eva Stachniak's The Winter Palace, which traces Catherine the Great's rise to power.
Historical Fiction July 2014 Newsletter.

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tocch101
Jan 07, 2013

This story was good, but not great. I don't know if I have the capacity to understand the writing and perfection that this author puts in. However, her character development is ideal.

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GummiGirl
Nov 17, 2012

Although Xenia, the heroine, remains inscrutable, her cousin Darya (the narrator) is sympathetic. It helps to know something about Russian history.

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molly
Nov 15, 2012

Not very good

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