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“Meeks builds multiple narratives to a bloody, satisfying, yet unsettling conclusion. People’s Act of Love stands not only as a keenly observed historical thriller but as a resonant tale of how one man’s moral fervor can turn to horror. A-”
The People's Act of Love
978-1-84195-877-4 • $14.95 • Paperback • Jan. 2007
“The narrative drive is amazing. So is the cold clarity of Meek’s imagination.”
“Doctor Zhivago . . . Anna Karenina . . . Lermontov’s A Hero of Our Time. Meek’s The People’s Act of Love will remind you of all the books I’ve just mentioned but it is no less original for that....Magnificent...Meek never lets the narrative tension slack....this makes The People’s Act of Love an altogether soul-shaking novel.”
The Washington Post Book World
A literary sensation acquired by twenty-one premier publishers around the world, long-listed for the 2005 Man Booker Prize and met with a groundswell of praise from writers and critics, The People’s Act of Love is a masterpiece of storytelling that has been universally hailed as a major literary achievement.
In a remote Siberian village, amid a lawless, unforgiving landscape, lives Anna Petrovna, a
beautiful, willfully self-reliant widowed mother. A mystical, separatist Christian sect, a stranded regiment of restless Czech soldiers, and an eerie local shaman live nearby, all struggling against the elements and great social upheaval to maintain a fragile coexistence.
Out of the woods trudges Samarin, an escapee from Russia’s northernmost prison camp, with a terrifyingly outlandish story to tell about his journey. Immediately apprehended, he is brought before the Czech regiment’s megalomaniac, Captain Matula. But the stranger’s appearance has caught the attention of others, including that of Anna Petrovna.
This stranger, his bizarre storyif it is to be believedand the apparent murder of the local shaman quickly become a flashpoint for this village: temperatures rise, alliances shift, and betrayals emerge. Written with a commanding historical authority and remarkable grace, The People’s Act of Love is an epic of desire and sacrifice that leaves the reader utterly mesmerized through to the final heart-pounding pages.