This is one of my all-time favorite books! (and that says lot b/c I work in a library and read a lot!) Needed a box of kleenex to get through it but so worth it. It was a great fictional story but it also taught me a little about the Cold War Era and the horrible conditions that people lived through under Stalin. This story will break any mother's heart.
Does anyone else ever wonder that if the Professor Adomovich and Sasha knew each other and were good friends, why when the professor sent a letter to "Vera" that Sasha wouldn't have known about it? If the Professor found her real name, than why could Sasha not have? Or if they were good friends did they not speak of this? This is a little troubling to me.
I didn't make the connection between the professor and Sasha (good idea, by the way), but I was hoping/wondering if there wasn't something more between Vera and Prof. Adamovich. Did Maksim know what was going on? What did Vera whisper to the professor before leaving his room? Maybe Vera's refusal to meet with Prof. Adamovich made Sasha reconsider a reunion? Or maybe Sasha knew she'd married Evan and didn't want to interfere? Yet, why would Sasha continue to "wait" for her? All really interesting mysteries!
I also thought this was somewhat strange in the story and could have been explained better by the author. The reader is left with a puzzleing unknown.