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The Mirrored World: A Novel
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Born to a Russian family of lower nobility, Xenia is a passionate and tender dreamer who cares little for social conventions. A free spirit, she unexpectedly falls in love with the dashing Andrei, a handsome soldier with the Imperial choir and a favorite of the empress. Though husband and wife are devoted to each other, their perfect happiness is overshadowed by the petty demands of life at the royal court, and by Xenia's growing obsession to have a child—a desperate need that is at last fulfilled with the birth of a daughter.

Yet Xenia is far from content. Fearful for her family, she is certain that tragedy will strike—a terrible prediction that comes true when the baby dies and then Andrei suffers a fatal fall. Shattered, the sensitive twenty-six-year-old woman withdraws into grief, undergoing a profound transformation that radically alters the course of her life. Turning away from family and friends, she begins giving away all of her money and possessions to the poor. Then, one day, she mysteriously vanishes. Years later, dressed in the tatters of her dead husband's military uniform and answering only to his name, Xenia is discovered tending the paupers of St. Petersburg's slums. Revered as a soothsayer and blessed healer to the downtrodden, she is feared by the royal court and it's new empress, Catherine, who see her deeds as a rebuke to their lavish excesses.

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Debra Dean. (2012). The Mirrored World: A Novel. Unabridged Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Yet Xenia is far from content. Fearful for her family, she is certain that tragedy will strike—a terrible prediction that comes true when the baby dies and then Andrei suffers a fatal fall. Shattered, the sensitive twenty-six-year-old woman withdraws into grief, undergoing a profound transformation that radically alters the course of her life. Turning away from family and friends, she begins giving away all of her money and possessions to the poor. Then, one day, she mysteriously vanishes. Years later, dressed in the tatters of her dead husband's military uniform and answering only to his name, Xenia is discovered tending the paupers of St. Petersburg's slums. Revered as a soothsayer and blessed healer to the downtrodden, she is feared by the royal court and it's new empress, Catherine, who see her deeds as a rebuke to their lavish excesses.

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        In her second novel (after The Madonnas of Leningrad), Dean returns to Russia to reimagine the intriguing life story of St. Xenia, as seen through the eyes of the fictional narrator, Dashenka. A terrible fire in 1736 in St. Petersburg forces a young Xenia; her sister, Nadya; and their mother to seek refuge in Dasha’s childhood home. The girls grow up together and are ushered into society the same year. Soon after, Xenia falls in love with Col. Andrei Petrov and the two wed. Dasha is not so lucky, but is kindly welcomed into Xenia’s house, where she witnesses Xenia unravel, first over her difficulty in conceiving, then the deaths of her only baby and husband. When an unstable Xenia begins to relinquish her worldly possessions, Dasha becomes concerned, and Xenia suddenly disappears, only to resurface years later as a saint to the poor—much to the chagrin of the royals. For those familiar with the story of St. Xenia, this is a gratifying take on a compelling woman. For others, Dean’s vivid prose and deft pacing make for a quick and entertaining read. Agent: Marly Rusoff.

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      • content: Xenia, patron saint of St. Petersburg, was born into the Russian upper classes in the early eighteenth century. Thus, when she gave all her material goods to the poor after being widowed in her early 20s, her family questioned her sanity; undaunted, Xenia devoted her life to helping the unfortunate. Narrator Yelena Shmulenson's subtle native accent signals the setting of the novel without distracting listeners from the well-researched details of life in the Russian court and Xenia's prophecies and deeds. Shmulenson's emotional range easily spans the story, from the excitement of balls to the horror of sudden death. Especially impressive is her performance of Xenia's transformation from courtier to holy fool, which allows listeners to decide whether the saint went mad from grief or was truly called by God. C.B.L. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine
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