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Finding Katarina M., Elisabeth Elo

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Finding Katarina M.
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Finding Katarina M.
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Elisabeth Elo
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eng
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Natalie March is a respected surgeon enjoying a busy, productive life in Washington DC. As her demanding career has left little time for friends or romance, her deepest relationship is with her mother, Vera March, a Russian immigrant and MS patient confined to a rehabilitation center. Vera is still haunted by the fact that her Ukrainian parents, innocent of any wrongdoing, were sent to the gulag, Stalin's notorious network of labor camps, when she was just a baby. All her life she has presumed that they perished there along with millions of other Russian citizens. Natalie would do anything to heal her mother's psychic pain: it's the one wound that she, a doctor, cannot mend. When a young Russian dancer named Saldana Tarasova comes to Natalie's office claiming to be her cousin, and providing details about her grandmother that no stranger could know, Natalie must face a surprising truth: her grandmother, Katarina Melnikova, is still very much alive. She escaped from the labor camp, married a native Siberian, and had another child, Saldana's mother. Natalie is thrilled to think that her Russian family is reaching out and that Vera may be able to reunite with her mother after so many years. In fact, Saldana has a darker motive for making contact. Suggesting that her family is in grave danger from Putin's government, she pleads for Natalie's help to defect. Unwilling to break the law, Natalie puts her off. Then the unthinkable happens, and Natalie is drawn step by step into a web of family secrets that will ultimately pit her against Russian security forces and even her own government. How far will Natalie go to find Katerina M. and satisfy her mother's deepest wish? How much will she risk to protect her Russian family -- and her own country -- from a dangerous international threat?
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  • /* Starred Review */ Dr. Natalie March rarely takes a day off. Her surgery patients are her life, and a lengthy trip around the world is the last thing on her mind until a prospective patient turns out to be her cousin from Russia. The young woman begs Natalie for help, with the meeting starting Natalie on an agonizing, exasperating quest to meet the grandmother she thought was dead—a grandmother whose treatment by the Russian government foreshadows the travail of Natalie’s journey. The geographic and personal odyssey portrayed in this detailed and, at times, heart-stopping saga takes readers from a rational, cozy U.S. existence to a Siberian hut, with the personal transformations just as startling. While the novel is somewhat topical, it can be recommended long after the current Russian government’s machinations leave the headlines; try it with fans of Paullina Simons and of Orange Is the New Black. -- Henrietta Verma (Reviewed 2/15/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 12, p29)
  • At the start of this gripping thriller from Elo (North of Boston), surgeon Natalie March meets Saldana Tarasova, a Russian ballerina performing in the city, in her Washington, D.C., office. Saldana tells Natalie that they are cousins and that Katarina Melnikova, their mutual grandmother, now 89, is living in Siberia. Natalie and her mother, Vera, believed that Katarina had died in a Stalin-era work camp more than five decades ago when Vera was a small child. Saldana confides that she’s worried about the safety of her own mother and brother and asks Natalie to help her settle in the U.S. Before Natalie can contact an immigration lawyer, Saldana is murdered. Vera, meanwhile, begs Natalie to go to Russia and find Katarina. Once there, Natalie is pulled into a maelstrom of intrigue, becoming the target for CIA operatives as well as the Russian secret service. Fascinating historical details encompass uranium mining, the gulags, and cultural life in the Soviet era. Natalie’s tense and illuminating journey will enthrall readers. Agent: Esmond Harmsworth, Aevitas Creative Management. (Mar.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 01/28/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 4, p)
  • An American doctor finds her roots, and more, in Siberia. Saldana Tarasova, a dancer in a Russian company visiting the U.S. on a cultural exchange, presents herself in surgeon Natalie March's Washington, D.C., waiting room with an extraordinary claim: She and Natalie are cousins. Natalie believes her mother, Vera, to be the only surviving child of Katarina Melnikova, who was sent to the gulag in 1949 and is presumed dead. But Saldana reveals that Vera managed to escape into the Siberian wilderness and raise a second daughter, Lena, who is the mother of Saldana and her older brother, Mikhail. Once all the connections are established, Saldana puts Natalie in a bind by asking for her help in defecting. Natalie is stuffily reluctant, and Saldana returns to New York City, where her company is dancing. The next day Saldana is dead, killed in her hotel room. There follow some confusing interviews by various enforcement agencies; eventually, at the urging of her mother, who is not well enough to travel, Natalie decides to travel to Siberia to meet her grandmother, her aunt, and her other cousin, beginning a journey to self-discovery. Natalie's aunt Lena has left Yakutsk, and her cousin Mikhail has disappeared. Natalie is recruited by the CIA to find out what she can about Mikhail and his associates, and though she fails to find him, sure enough his associates are up to no good. Having done the CIA's bidding, Natalie is trundled off to the airport to head home, but in a flash of independence she decides to try to locate her family on her own. Much of what ensues strains credulity, though some of her adventures are in themselves quite rewarding and some of the descriptions of Siberia, excellently written. Natalie grows, takes chances, even learns to use bad language, but the accumulated disasters and escapes cost others dearly, and Natalie's burgeoning self-awareness seems cheap. Some thrills, some chills, but tepid overall. (Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2019)
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Elo, Elisabeth
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813.6
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  • Surgeons
  • Family secrets
  • Labor camps
  • Soviet Union
  • Soviet Union
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Finding Katarina M., Elisabeth Elo
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322 pages
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9781947993433
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2018962650
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Finding Katarina M., Elisabeth Elo
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24 cm
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322 pages
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9781947993433
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2018962650
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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