With the same riveting historical narrative that made The Kitchen Boy a national bestseller and a book club favorite, Robert Alexander returns to revolutionary Russia for the harrowing tale of Rasputin's final days as told by his youthful and bold daughter, Maria. Interrogated by the Provisional Government on the details of her father's death, Maria vividly recounts a politically tumultuous Russia, where Rasputin's powerful influence over the throne are unsettling to all levels of society, and the threats to his life are no secret.
With vast conspiracies mounting against his father, Maria must struggle with the discovery of Rasputin's true nature-his unbridled carnal appetites, mysterious relationship with the Empress, rumors of involvement in secret religious cults-to save her father from his murderers. Swept away in a plot much larger than the death of one man, Maria fmds herself on the cusp of the Russian Revolution itself. With Rasputin's Daughter, Robert Alexander once again delivers an imaginative and compelling story, fashioned from one of history's most fascinating periods that, until now, has been virtually unexplored in fiction.
"The combination of Alexander's research and his rich characterizations produces an engaging historical fiction that offers a Rasputin who is neither beast nor saint, but merely, compellingly human."-Publishers Weekly
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"This work of fiction is an interesting look at the "bad boy" of Russian history, Rasputin. Through the story of his daughter, Maria's, supposed interrogation by the poet Aleksandr Blok, as well as recollections by Rasputin's assassin, Count Yousoupoff, we are given a look at the last week of the mystic. Josephine Bailey gives life to this work with her spirited performance. She is energetic and lively as we hear the 18-year-old daughter describe her father's last week on earth. The Maria we hear is filled with the energy of adolescence as well as its na•vetŽ and strong-mindedness. M.T.F. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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