A mysterious jewel holds the key to a life-changing secret, in this breathtaking tale of love and art, betrayal and redemption.
When she decides to auction her remarkable jewelry collection, Nina Revskaya, once a great star of the Bolshoi Ballet, believes she has finally drawn a curtain on... read more
“No, solitude did not trouble her. She could spend long minutes gazing out the window, hours listening to the BBC on the public radio station. She relished the very texture of her privacy, its depth of space and freedom, much of a day hers alone.”
But it was also true that the internal world was an expansive one, always growing, full of possibilities that the real one did not necessarily offer.Highlighted by 60 Kindle customers
She relished the very texture of her privacy, its depth of space and freedom, much of an entire day hers alone.Highlighted by 44 Kindle customers
experience—discovering one’s hidden self through love for another.Highlighted by 43 Kindle customers
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Grigori thought of how this country, one that offered a fresh start to all who washed up on its shores, had somehow diminished not just Zoltan but Grigori’s parents, too—in a way that the other countries along their trajectories had not. Lessened their authority, muted their brilliance; fine qualities of the mind simply were not as appreciated in this home of the brave.Highlighted by 36 Kindle customers
But isn’t it funny, that in some ways the price one pays for freedom of speech is…a kind of indifference.”Highlighted by 27 Kindle customers
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looked at the people around her and felt not just that she was surrounded by strangers, but that she herself was strange, somehow, that something kept her from ever fully bridging the gap between who she was and who all these other people, making their way through the very same day, were.Highlighted by 21 Kindle customers
Bolshoi…A mother’s life, one long errand. One enormous chore.Highlighted by 19 Kindle customers
Lot 7: Diamond earstuds....
Lot 12: Platinum, Onyx, and Diamond Butterfly Brooch ....
Lot 16: Antique 14kt Gold and Lava Brooch ....
Lot 20: South Sea Pearl Necklace
Lot 23: Perfume Flask
Lot 28: Unmounted Colored Diamond.
Lot 34: Chrome Diopside Earstuds.
Lot 41: Art Nouveau Plique-à-jour Enamel and Diamond Butterfly Hatpin.
Lot 50: Tiara.
Lot 58: Unmounted Fancy Pear-Shaped Pink Diamond.
Lot 62: 18kt Gold Women's Miniatrue Dress Wristwatch.
Lot 71: Baltic Amber Bracelet.
Lot 72: Baltic Amber Ear Pendants.
Lot 72A: Baltic Amber Pendant.
Lot 89: Malachite and Onyx Box.
Lot 93: Platinum and 18kt Gold Diamond and Topaz Barrette.
Lot 100: 18kt White Gold and Sapphire Buckle Bracelet.
Lot 108: Sapphire and Diamond Dinner Ring.
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