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The Woman Who Waited by Andrei Makine

The Woman Who Waited is set in the Soviet Union during the 1970s. In Leningrad, a young writer hangs out with other artists and intellectuals, sharing their disdain for their political leaders, as well as large amounts of alcohol and casual sex. Fed up with the shallowness of it all, the writer follows a friend's advice and makes his way to the far northern village of Mirnoe on the White Sea. It's a forgotten village, populated by elderly widows of soldiers lost in World War II. They are tended to by Vera, who also lost a fiance to the war and has been faithful to his memory for 30 years. The writer is drawn to Vera, but finds there is much more to her than he ever imagined. Andrei Makine's novel has received glowing reviews with The Telegraph saying, "Makine's reputation rises with every book, and some have claimed that he deserves the Nobel Prize; on the strength of this teasing, emotionally dense novel, it's easy to see why."
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