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A powerful, timely novel that moves seamlessly between the euphoria of revolution and intimate dramas of love and loyalty.
Once a senior diplomat in Kiev, Simon Davey lost everything after a lurid scandal. Back in London, still struggling with the aftermath of his disgrace, he is traveling on the Tube when he sees her. . . . This woman, Olesya, is the person Simon holds responsible for his downfall. He first met her on an icy night during the protests on Independence Square. Full of hope and idealism, Olesya could not know what a crucial role she would play in the dangerous times ahead—and in Simon’s fate. Or what compromises she would have to make to protect her family. When Simon decides to follow Olesya, he finds himself plunged back into the dramatic days which changed his life forever. And he begins to see that her past has not been what he thought it was, and neither has his own. Independence Square is a story of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary times. It is a story about corruption and betrayals, and a story about where, in the twenty-first century, power really lies.
A. D. Miller is the author of Snowdrops, The Earl of Petticoat Lane, and The Faithful Couple. Snowdrops was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the CWA Gold Dagger, and was translated into twenty-five languages. As the Moscow Correspondent of the Economist, Miller has traveled widely across the former Soviet Union and covered the Orange Revolution in Ukraine. He is now the Culture Editor at The Economist.
“A vivid portrayal of political intrigue.” Publishers Weekly
“I loved this beautiful novel. It's a supremely timely story of deeply-rooted corruption, but also of idealism and longing for freedom. Very powerful and profoundly moving.” Elif Shafak, bestselling author of 'The Bastard of Istanbul' and 'The Forty Rules of Love'
“A tremendous novel — taut, compelling, reeking of authenticity. A.D. Miller writes with exemplary precision and sophistication. Independence Square is an unsparing examination of human beings caught up and destroyed by historical forces they can barely comprehend.” William Boyd, author of LOVE IS BLIND
“Compelling. Miller shines in his depiction of Russian life. He makes you see and feel the glitz, squalor, and violence of Moscow.” The Boston Globe (Praise for Snowdrops)
“Elegant. A superlative portrait of a country in which everything has its price. Displays a worldly confidence reminiscent of Robert Harris at his best.” The Financial Times (Praise for Snowdrops)
“Mesmerizing. Miller’s novel is both a nuanced character study and a fascinating look at the complexities of Russian society.” Booklist (starred review) (Praise for Snowdrops)
“An assured debut. Miller memorably captures the city’s atmosphere during the glitzy, anything-goes era that succeeded Soviet Communism. Miller’s uncluttered prose and feel for the city’s Wild West atmosphere are pleasures.” The Seattle Times (Praise for Snowdrops)
“Like Graham Greene on steroids. Tightly written, complex, and gripping.” The Daily Mail (Praise for Snowdrops)
“Subtle rather than strident, and imbued with a bruised beauty. Miller is masterful at capturing small details. Snowdrops assaults all your senses with its power and poetry and leaves you stunned and addicted.” The Independent (Praise for Snowdrops)