From the mega-bestselling author of White Oleander and Paint It Black, a sweeping historical saga of the Russian Revolution, as seen through the eyes of one young woman.
St. Petersburg, New Year's Eve, 1916. Marina Makarova is a young woman of privilege who aches to break free of the constraints of her genteel life, a life about to be violently upended by the vast forces of history. Swept up on these tides, Marina will join the marches for workers' rights, fall in love with a radical young poet, and betray everything she holds dear, before being betrayed in turn.
As her country goes through almost unimaginable upheaval, Marina's own coming-of-age unfolds, marked by deep passion and devastating loss, and the private heroism of an ordinary woman living through extraordinary times. This is the epic, mesmerizing story of one indomitable woman's journey through some of the most dramatic events of the last century.
About the Author
Janet Fitch's first novel, White Oleander, a #1 bestseller and Oprah's Book Club selection, has been translated into twenty-eight languages and was made into a feature film. Her second novel, Paint It Black, hit bestseller lists across the country and has also been made into a film. Her third novel, The Revolution of Marina M., begins an epic journey through the Russian Revolution, which concludes with Chimes of a Lost Cathedral. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles.
bildungsroman proves so gripping that it's hard to put down...Fitch depicts [the
Revolution] with devastating accuracy and imaginative power...sprawling, majestic."
, LA Review of Books
immersive, and heavily researched."
, USA Today
"Marina is by turns adventurous, foolish, romantic, self-destructive and courageous in this extraordinary coming-of-age tale."
, BBC Culture
"This epic tale from
the bestselling author of White Oleander follows Marina Makarova, a young woman
living in St. Petersburg at the start of the Russian Revolution in 1916.
Looking to escape from her privileged life, she joins the marches for worker's
rights-and finds herself falling in love with the movement and a young radical.
In this relatable coming-of-age novel, Marina grapples with a changing world
and struggles to find her place in it."
, Real Simple
"A captivating novel starring an unforgettable heroine, The Revolution of Marina M.
shows you a side to the Russian Revolution you've never seen before."—Sadie Trombetta
"It's a portrait of a
moment in time -- of a woman in time, in fact -- that we don't often see, and you'll
find yourself savoring each and every word of this breathtaking novel."
"Janet Fitch's novel shimmers with vital energy...[she] clearly did an astounding amount of research for the novel, which luxuriates in exotic period details...The Revolution of Marina M.
is hard to put down...it is charming and lively and ultimately worth the time."—Trine Tsouderos
, Chicago Tribune
"This is Janet Fitch
at her finest."
"Janet Fitch's The Revolution of Marina M
., an epic tale of one young woman's story amid the drama and tragedy of the Russian Revolution, is just the thing to keep you both personally inspired and seasonally appropriate."—Mary Sollosi
, Entertainment Weekly
"This new novel from the author of White Oleander
is going to swallow you up entirely."—Melissa Ragsdale
"This is an epic
page-turner of a novel."
, NY Post
cinematic novel...Hollywood, take note."
—Alison K. Hill
, Daily Bulletin
"Fitch narrows the
Russian Revolution to one woman's perspective, crafting a gorgeous epic that's
a must-read for historical fiction fans."
, Paste Magazine
"Fitch catches and holds our interest through 800 pages,
rewarding us with rich and provocative stories, compelling characters and
literary prose of the very highest order."
, Jewish Journal
"Incandescent. Fitch has expertly drawn the world of Russia in 1916 in
flurries of white, like an exquisite snow globe, and then nudged it to the edge of a precipice, until in one
jarring push, it falls. It crashes and each brilliant shard lifts and
swirls. Poets, artists, profiteers, soldiers, cult leaders, sadists, idealists,
blood, sex, hope all piecing together in a new life, a new country. The
brilliant Janet Fitch has written yet another powerful, kaleidoscopic novel."
—Cynthia Bond, author of Ruby
"The Revolution of Marina M.
takes us deep inside the Russian Revolution and lets us witness it through a pair of remarkable eyes. Marina is a female Zhivago - a poet who uses her intelligence, her passion, and her love of language to interpret and survive the political turmoil around her. Janet Fitch is a wonderful writer and this might be her best book."—David Ebershoff, author of The Danish Girl and The 19th Wife
"There's brilliance in this book: concept, structure,
style. If the horrors associated
with the Russian revolution freeze your blood, remember the fire and brimstone
of our own Civil War. Read this novel for the passion of the main character, a
girl becoming woman and poet with ten times the vitality and intellect of
—Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab's Wife and Abundance, a Novel of Marie-Antoinette
"Ambitious, vivid, engrossing. Fitch puts flesh and bones on one of the most tumultuous times in
human history, a vast canvas filled with the
rising up the oppressed, naïve hope, abrupt reversals and crushing betrayals.
The novel is a virtuoso rendition of the time, buoyed by Fitch's impeccable
research and her bold, unforgettable prose."
—Susan Sherman, author of If You Are There and The Little Russian
"In this lusty and intelligent novel, Fitch brilliantly entwines the blooming of a teenage girl with the bursting of
a country, and tells their story with such intensity and urgency you can nearly hear the thundering hoofbeats of time and feel the shaking through the pages. This is an epic deserving comparison to the Russian masterworks -- not for its size, but for its scope, not for its subject, but for the sweep with which it meets it. Rarely have I ever known history to
come so fully, fiercely alive."
—Josh Weil, author of The Great Glass Sea
"An achingly lyric chronicle of
the Russian Revolution seen through the eyes of one of its daughters of
privilege as she skirts the peripheries of her own adulthood. Fundamentally
though, it is a story of the insurgent politics of a woman's heart -- whom and
how she loves, what governs, betrays, or becomes her. The beauty of this
book broke me open. Janet Fitch is stunningly, startlingly talented."
—Jill Alexander Essbaum, author of Hausfrau
"The resilient Marina has much in common with
the modern heroines of the author's previous books and is a protagonist worth
"Fitch captures the epic grandeur of Russian
novelist Leo Tolstoy, situating her characters in the pages of authentic
history. Yet she also infuses her protagonists with transgressive sexual energy...vividly
portraying Marina's sexual awakenings as she falls in and out of love....
Readers of Tolstoy, Boris Pasternak, and Margaret Mitchell will thrill to this
narrative of women in love during the cataclysm of war."
, Library Journal
novel presents a richly described, on-the-street view of the revolution's transformative,
often violent throes.... she provides an excellent sense of history's unpredictability
and shows how the desperate pursuit of survival leads to morally compromising
decisions...Fitch's cinematic storytelling and Marina's vibrant personality are
standout elements in this dramatic novel."