The Mirrored World

The Mirrored World

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Xenia is a free spirit who seems blessed with second sight: her cousin Dasha is more cautious and sensible. When the two come out into society, Dasha watches from afar as her friend plunges into marriage and motherhood. But when a tragic vision comes true, Xenia withdraws into grief and undergoes a profound transformation. She gives away all her possessions to the poor, and then vanishes. In this elegantly written tale, Dean re-imagines the intriguing life of Xenia of St. Petersburg, one of Russia's most mysterious and beloved holy figures.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Harper Perennial, 2013, c2012.
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial ed.
ISBN: 9780061231469
Branch Call Number: FIC DEAN
Characteristics: x, 245, 13 p.


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Oct 13, 2015

After reading the Madonnas of Leningrad, I was quite disappointed with this book, which I found moved way to slowly.

ChristchurchLib Jul 24, 2014

Narrated by her closest friend, this novel recounts the life of Xenia Grigoryevna, patron saint of St. Petersburg. After Xenia loses her family at a tender age, she becomes a singer in the Imperial choir, marries a handsome military officer, and - in the wake of a terrible, fateful vision - loses him, along with their child. Reeling from the tragedy, Xenia relinquishes all her worldly possessions and takes to the streets, where she ministers to the poor. Alas, Xenia's behavior as a "holy fool" incurs the displeasure of the royal family, who view her actions as a criticism of their extravagant lifestyle. Readers interested in 18th-century courtly life in Russia may also want to check out Eva Stachniak's The Winter Palace, which traces Catherine the Great's rise to power.
Historical Fiction July 2014 Newsletter.

Jan 07, 2013

This story was good, but not great. I don't know if I have the capacity to understand the writing and perfection that this author puts in. However, her character development is ideal.

Nov 17, 2012

Although Xenia, the heroine, remains inscrutable, her cousin Darya (the narrator) is sympathetic. It helps to know something about Russian history.

Nov 15, 2012

Not very good

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