The Mirrored World

The Mirrored World

A Novel

Book - 2012
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The critically acclaimed author of The Madonnas of Leningrad ("Elegant and poetic, the rare kind of book that you want to keep but you have to share" --Isabel Allende), Debra Dean returns with The Mirrored World, a breathtaking novel of love and madness set in 18th century Russia. Transporting readers to St. Petersburg during the reign of Catherine the Great, Dean brilliantly reconstructs and reimagines the life of St. Xenia, one of Russia's most revered and mysterious holy figures, in a richly told and thought-provoking work of historical fiction that recounts the unlikely transformation of a young girl, a child of privilege, into a saint beloved by the poor.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780061231452
0061231452
Characteristics: x, 245 p.

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AL_ANNAL Mar 30, 2017

This historical novel is packed with fabulous descriptions of St. Petersburg before and during the reign of Catherine the Great. It recreates the life of St. Xenia from her lively girlhood to her time living on the streets in poverty serving the poor. A recurring theme is love - romantic love, tender love between the narrator and the eunuch she marries, love for children (biological and adopted), loving friendship, and love for G-d.

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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.

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tocch101
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.

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GummiGirl
Nov 17, 2012

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

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molly
Nov 15, 2012

Not very good

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