The seductive story of a dangerous love triangle, inspired by the infamous Nabokov marriage, with a spellbinding psychological thriller at its core.In the 1920s, Zoya Andropova, a young refugee from the Soviet Union, finds herself in the alien landscape of an elite all-girls New Jersey boarding school. Having lost her family, her home, and her sense of purpose, Zoya struggles to belong, a task made more difficult by the malice her peers heap on scholarship students and her new countrys paranoia about Russian spies. When she meets the visiting writer and fellow Russian migr Leo Orlovwhose books Zoya has privately obsessed over for yearsher luck seems to have taken a turn for the better. But she soon discovers that Leo is not the solution to her loneliness: hes committed to his art and bound by the sinister orchestrations of his brilliant wife, Vera. As the reader unravels the mystery of Zoya, Lev, and Veras fate, Zoya is faced with mounting pressure to figure out who she is and what kind of life she wants to build. Grappling with class distinctions, national allegiance, and ethical fidelitynot to mention the powerful magnetism of sexInvitation to a Bonfire investigates how ones identity is formed, irrevocably, through a series of momentary decisions, including how to survive, who to love, and whether to pay the complicated price of happiness....
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Invitation to a Bonfire Reviews
This book was a sloooow burn kind of suspense so it was hard for me to get into it. However the writing was beautiful and poetic. It wasn't exactly thrilling but extremely mysterious and at times ambiguous. I enjoyed it enough but not really my cup of tea.
I received an ARC for this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Thanks Bloomsbury USA and netgalley for this ARC.
This book will keep you reading all night long. You wont know which way is up and down at the end but you'll be satisfied.
Adrienne Celt writes beautifully lyrically her first novel The Daughters drew me in swept me away .Invitation to a Bonfire had the same effect,A psychological thriller a love triangle based on the Nabokov marriage & Zoya the young mysterious refugee from the Soviet Union .Will be recommending to my friends who love good literature with the haunting feel of mystery,Thanks#netgalley # Bloomsbury for advance Galley,
I really, really wanted to like this book. The synopsis sounded great, so I figured I'd enjoy it. Unfortunately, I just could NOT get into it. I've spent the last three days trying to read this book. I thought for SURE I must be almost half-way through it, but when I looked and saw I was only 12% of the way through, I decided it was time to move on.
I'm giving this two stars and not one because, while I couldn't get into the story, the writing is excellent. Strange, I know, so say the writing of ...more
WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, “WOW”! Immediately I’m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018!
NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ‘hints’ of any.....I promise!! None in this review.
Author Adrienne Celt is now a new ‘favorite’ author. Her writing-artistry is brilliant....on-the-edge-exciting....( I was so in ‘awe’ of her sentences- the way they created ...more
This one intrigued me from the get go. It had entirely too many elements I’m interested in (historical fiction, immigration, author, books, current and old manuscripts) to ignore. I’m actually quite surprise I didn’t end up loving this one, this is more of a strong like and appreciation situation. And it took me until 90% to put a finger on why and here it is, the main protagonist confused me. We see the entire story mostly from her perspective (the novel has an epistolary structure and Zoya’s j ...more
DNF. I tried to push through to get to the passionate love triangle, which sounded very interesting to me, but I got so bored during the childhood/school parts that I lost interest.
*I received a free pre-release copy of this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone else she knew.
Then in 1928, she was one of 200 USSR orphans chosen to be sent to America, ending up at the small, elite, Donne School.
Impoverished and alien, she is bullied and manipulated by the rich American gi ...more