Snegurochka

Snegurochka is a story about motherhood, from the perspective of young Englishwoman Rachel, living in Ukraine in 1992. Mykola the racketeer, Stepan the watcher and Elena the caretaker behave with depth and complexity as they respond to Rachel and a profound and emotive backstory is revealed that nevertheless keeps menace on a knife edge.

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Longlisted for the Not the Booker Prize 2019

'Something terrible is happening here. Something terrible has already happened.'

Kiev 1992. Rachel, a troubled young English mother, joins her journalist husband on his first foreign posting in the city. Terrified of the apartment's balcony, she develops obsessive rituals to keep their baby safe. Her difficulties expose her to a disturbing endgame between the elderly caretaker and a local racketeer who sends a gift that surely comes with a price. Rachel is isolated yet culpable with her secrets and estrangements. As consequences bear down she seeks out Zoya, her husband's fixer, and the boy from upstairs who watches them all.

Home is uncertain, betrayal is everywhere, but in the end there are many ways to be a mother.

Additional information

Weight 284 g
Dimensions 198 × 129 × 21.37 mm
Author

Heneghan, Judith

Publisher

Salt

Imprint

Salt

Cover

Paperback

Pages

256

Language

English

Edition

Paperback original

Dewey

823.92 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K