Despite the Falling Snow
Written by Shamim Sarif
Alexander first appears in a courtyard, in his sixties. He is polite, and witty, bold and a holds a preciseness that speaks of confidence and assuredness. As his story unfolds, life during the Soviet Union shows how deep secrets can penetrate a life, beyond Russia, and alter even the most well laid out plans. We learn of a love that overcame betrayal, friendship that ended in betrayal and most importantly of starting over at any age.
There is a precision and delicateness to the narrative voice of this book. The plot is set out with long yards of threads to weave and slowly they are weaved together for a wonderful and fitting ending. The time line switchs between 1960’s and 2000 seamlessly, the clean voice keeping things straight on point.
And being out of the loop on what is current in the media, I’ve just learned they’ve made this into a movie as well.