Snow in May

Snow in May


Book - 2014
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Residents of a thriving port town in Russia's Far East are shaped by regional history and lore throughout the latter half of the twentieth century, from a local woman who considers an Italian footballer's proposition to a former Soviet boss' memories about a thorny friendship.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9781627790079
Branch Call Number: SS MELNIK KSENIYA
Characteristics: 272 pages ; 22 cm


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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 04, 2016

The matryoshka doll on the cover is perfect for Kseniya Melnik's Snow in May. Like all short story collections I've had the pleasure to read, the stories are not equally weighted. There are some I love and some I think are only okay. In Snow in May, the best stories are found at the middle, nested between the rest, waiting to be found and bring joy to the one who loosened their casing.

Dec 05, 2015

Nine stories loosely linked by all being set in Magadan in northeast Russia. One feels that they are based on the author's family stories. There are no hard edges in these tales.

Jane60201 Aug 03, 2014

A wonderful chance to see how contemporary Russians live. Would highly recommend.

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
A debut collection of nine inter-linked stories all set in Magadan, a remote Russian port city. The stories are set in different decades and involve different protagonists—former Gulag prisoners, witches, KGB officers, and mothers—yet they all reflect the isolation and dire poverty of Russia’s Far East. Melnik beautifully captures this stark, forbidding world.
- Wayne Roylance


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