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The Madonnas of Leningrad

Updated: May 14

Descending into dementia, Russian émigré, Marina, 82, is mentally disappearing from her current day life in America and reliving vivid memories of her early adulthood during the WWII siege in Leningrad, today’s St. Petersburg. Debra Dean sensitively weaves the cruelty of advancing Alzheimer’s Disease with the trauma of the disastrous winter of 1941 in Russia. It is a moving, touching, and powerful work of historical fiction.


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