A Novel
Product Number: EB00641275
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780802197139
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
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A breathtakingly suspenseful, award-winning tale of two women dogged by their own shameful pasts and the dark, unspoken history that binds them. When Aliide Truu, an older woman living alone in the Estonian countryside, finds a disheveled girl huddled in her front yard, she suppresses her misgivings and offers her shelter. Zara is a young sex-trafficking victim on the run from her captors, but a photo she carries with her soon makes it clear that her arrival at Aliide's home is no coincidence. Survivors both, Aliide and Zara engage in a complex arithmetic of suspicion and revelation to distill each other's motives; gradually, their stories emerge, the culmination of a tragic family drama of rivalry, lust, and loss that played out during the worst years of Estonia's Soviet occupation. "A stirring and humane work of art" (The New Republic), Purge is "an engrossing read" (NPR) in which "Oksanen skillfully weaves histories together to form a rich, complex novel" (Shelf Awareness, Top 10 Books of 2010). "A stunner." -The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) "[A] bold combination of history, politics, and suspense." -Sunday Times (UK) "[A] taut, well-crafted tale of Europe's still living post-war pain." -Booklist "A dark, harrowing, and at times difficult read that wrings every ounce of emotion from the reader." -The Bookseller

Author(s): Sofi Oksanen
Original Publish Date: Apr 01, 2010

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