It’s the story of a man who's ready to use everything and everyone - his women and his friends - in the pursuit of riches and power, because for him, any means justifies the end.
A fairytale romance blossoms set against a backdrop of pre-perestroika Russia as it emerges from decades of bleakness. Join a star-struck couple on a wild ride from their Soviet homeland to Canada, back to Russia and then to Cyprus.
Anton, handsome, talented and with fortune seemingly smiling on him, meets Nina, a beautiful and talented singer. They fall in love and marry in a matter of months, anxious to enjoy a bright and promising future. But real life quickly sets in. A musician's life isn't easy and the grasp for success painful. While Nina is prepared to work hard, knowing instant stardom is unrealistic, Anton feels entitled to fame and everything with it: money, luxuries and fawning fans.
When his dream fails to materialize in the dismal Soviet Union, he convinces Nina to emigrate to Canada and join friends they studied with.
A journey filled with love and promise turns into contentment and happiness for one person – and a spiral of destructive narcissism for the other.
I was going to call this book "Nina". I started writing it show how one man could destroy a woman - while another could elevate her to glory. Then I began to wonder what would happen to a man like Anton when he realizes his discarded wife has become more successful than him? It became obvious he would become a real scoundrel and a miscreant.
The second part of this book is about how a human soul unravels and degrades. It’s the story of a man who's ready to use everything and everyone - his women and his friends - in the pursuit of riches and power, because for him, any means justifies the end.
What the readers say
"Absolutely absorbing! The richness, insight and sympathy Elena creates in her characters kept me reading almost non-stop!"