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Part Gone with the Wind, part Doctor Zhivago, and thoroughly captivating, Ruslan is the epic story of a destitute young countess in Tsarist Russia who tries every avenue to restore her fortunes. In glittering St. Petersburg, we meet Countess Alexandra Korvin: beautiful and intelligent, but also unmarried anda€”thanks to her late spendthrift fathera€”quite penniless. In her polarized society of aristocratic grandeur and crushing poverty, a woman's only option is to marry well. Alexandra makes her way through St. Petersburg society, attending dazzling balls, lavish dinners, and operas in search of a spouse. She pursues the charming but unattainable politician Rybynsky and spurns the advances of Ulynov, a rakish army captain who falls desperately in love with her. Finally, craving freedom and rebelling against the confines of her life as a woman, she cuts off her hair and joins the army as a mana€”only to find the ultimate test of her feminine heart. Rich with decadent trappings of Tsarist splendor and alive with the indomitable spirit of an unforgettable young woman, Ruslan is a novel to savor from first page to last. From the Hardcover edition.She still had time to scheme a way to substitute herself so that it would be she who stood at his side beneath the sparkling ... inside a hut. from another room she hears the sounds of laughter, glasses clinking, shouts of men at drinking games.

Author:Barbara Scrupski
Publisher:Crown - 2007-12-18


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