“The best historical fiction delivers emotional truth through the lives of imaginary but ordinary people, making it possible to feel the texture of events that have been smoothed out by the generalizations of conventional histories. In The Siege, the specific becomes epic as five people huddle in one freezing room and Dunmore describes what is happening to them in language that is elegantly, starkly beautiful.”Janice P. Nimura, New York Times Book Review
978-0-8021-3958-0 • $14.95 • Paperback • Jan. 2003
Called “elegantly, starkly beautiful” by The New York Times Book Review, The Siege marks an exciting new phase in a stellar career. Her canvas is monumentalthe Nazis’ 1941 winter siege on Leningrad that killed six hundred thousandbut her focus is heartrendingly intimate.
One family, the Levins, fights to stay alive in their small apartment, held together by the unlikely courage and resourcefulness of twenty-three-year-old Anna. Though she dreams of an artist’s life, she must instead forage for food in the ever more desperate city and watch her little brother grow cruelly thin. Their father, a blacklisted writer who once advocated a robust life of the mind, withers in spirit and body. At such brutal times everything is tested. And yet Dunmore’s inspiring story shows that even then, the triumph of the human heart is that love need not fall away.