Snow in May

Stories by Kseniya Melnik

  • Published: Sep 03, 2020

A Minneapolis Star Tribune Best Book of 2014 Recommended by The New Yorker, The New York Public Library, Alan Cheuse of NPR, Grantland Shortlisted for the 2014 International Dylan Thomas Prize Longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story... read more

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Details of Snow in May

Exact title of the book
Snow in May
Book author
Kseniya Melnik
ISBN
9781627790086
Publisher
Henry Holt and Co.
Published
May 13, 2014
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
288
File size (in PDF)
2592 kB

Some brief overview of book

A Minneapolis Star Tribune Best Book of 2014 Recommended by The New Yorker, The New York Public Library, Alan Cheuse of NPR, Grantland Shortlisted for the 2014 International Dylan Thomas Prize Longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award A "ruminativelovelyaccomplished" (The New York Times Book Review) and "touching" (The Seattle Times) debut collection of stories that "sparkles with the brilliance and charm of Chekhov." (Simon Van Booy, award-winning author of Love Begins in Winter and The Illusion of Separateness) Kseniya Melnik's Snow in May introduces a cast of characters bound by their relationship to the port town of Magadan in Russia's Far East, a former gateway for prisoners assigned to Stalin's forced-labor camps. Comprised of a surprising mix of newly minted professionals, ex-prisoners, intellectuals, musicians, and faithful Party workers, the community is vibrant and resilient and life in Magadan thrives even under the cover of near-perpetual snow. By blending history and fable, each of Melnik's stories transports us somewhere completely new a married Magadan woman considers a proposition from an Italian footballer in '70s Moscow; an ailing young girl visits a witch doctor's house where nothing is as it seems; a middle-aged dance teacher is entranced by a new student's raw talent; a former Soviet boss tells his granddaughter the story of a thorny friendship; and a woman in 1958 jumps into a marriage with an army officer far too soon.

Weaving in and out of the last half of the twentieth century, Snow in May is an inventive, gorgeously rendered, and touching portrait of lives lived on the periphery where, despite their isolationand perhaps because of itthe most seemingly insignificant moments can be beautiful, haunting, and effervescent. a

About author

Melnik was born in Magadan, in the northeast of Russia, and immigrated to Alaska at age fifteen. She earned an MFA from New York University and her work has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Epoch, Prospect (UK), Virginia Quarterly Review, and was selected for Granta Magazine's New Voices series. She lives in El Paso, Texas.

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