"Kostova's passion and tragic sense of history, along with jewellike character studies, almost make up for the overplotting and repetitiveness as she drums her points home."
Searching for the owners of a mysterious urn that's fallen into her possession, a young American traveler takes a weeklong drive through Bulgaria guided by an enigmatic cabdriver in Kostova's (The Swan Thieves
, 2010, etc.) exploration of the price paid for love and art to survive under a brutal political regime.
Read full book review >