This is Meaghan Delahunt's first novel. It is written very well. She takes you back in time examining the disillsion and loss in politics and art all in the service of idealism and the communist way. She takes you into the lives of Stallin, Trotsky, and Fredia Kahlo...it is during the time of Russia's Civil War, about the revolution, betrayal, and exille "In the Blue House" in Mexico. Very good read.dg
This is an interesting and well-researched novel, with obvious and unapologetic poetic license[s] abounding. In our present cyber-enriched environment, research is both fast and comprehensive--a veritable treasure trove of information, accessible online and susceptible to micro surgery with remote laser scapels and reassembly into grotesque but superficially plausible form. Ms. Delahunt resists the lure of turning this account into a slick special-effects action flick and, instead, uses modern techniques to enrich, with a vivid array of detail, the familiar story of the slower-paced but no less passionate and violent world of the period.