A Novel
Author(s): Sofi Oksanen
Original Publish Date: Apr 01, 2010
Product Number: EB00641275
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780802197139
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
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An award-winning novel of two women dogged by secrets buried in Estonia's shameful Soviet past—"[A] bold combination of history, politics, and suspense" (The Sunday Times). 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 plot of suspicion and revelation as they attempt to discover each other's motives. As their stories come to light, they reveal 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" by the acclaimed Finnish-Estonian author Sofi Oksanen, Purge won numerous awards including the Finlandia Prize and the Prix Femina (The New Republic). "A stunner." —The Plain Dealer "[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

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