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Invitation to a Bonfire

The seductive story of a dangerous love triangle, inspired by the infamous Nabokov marriage, with a spellbinding psychological thriller at its core.In the 1920s, Zoya Andropova, a young refugee from the Soviet Union, finds herself in the alien landscape of an elite all-girls New Jersey boarding school. Having lost her family, her home, and her sense of purpose, Zoya struggles to belong, a task made more difficult by the malice her peers heap on scholarship students and her new countrys paranoia about Russian spies. When she meets the visiting writer and fellow Russian migr Leo Orlovwhose books Zoya has privately obsessed over for yearsher luck seems to have taken a turn for the better. But she soon discovers that Leo is not the solution to her loneliness: hes committed to his art and bound by the sinister orchestrations of his brilliant wife, Vera. As the reader unravels the mystery of Zoya, Lev, and Veras fate, Zoya is faced with mounting pressure to figure out who she is and what kind of life she wants to build. Grappling with class distinctions, national allegiance, and ethical fidelitynot to mention the powerful magnetism of sexInvitation to a Bonfire investigates how ones identity is formed, irrevocably, through a series of momentary decisions, including how to survive, who to love, and whether to pay the complicated price of happiness....

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ISBN : 9781635571523
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 pages
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Invitation to a Bonfire Reviews

  • Rhonda Lomazow

    Adrienne Celt writes beautifully lyrically her first novel The Daughters drew me in swept me away .Invitation to a Bonfire had the same effect,A psychological thriller a love triangle based on the Nabokov marriage & Zoya the young mysterious refugee from the Soviet Union .Will be recommending to my friends who love good literature with the haunting feel of mystery,Thanks#netgalley # Bloomsbury for advance Galley,

  • Kathleen Gray

    Yowsa. Based on the trouble (to say the least) Nabakov marriage and written loosely in his style, this packs a lot into a fairly slim volume. Arguably it's historical fiction- and in a very narrow niche- but it's also a psychological study of three people who really should have been separated from one another for their own mental health. Zoya is bitterly lonely and adrift in the US- perfect prey for Leo and a toy to be batted about for Vera. A love triangle but only one person loves. This is a q ...more

  • Sarah

    This was a great read! Loosely based on the troubled Nabokov marriage, it was a thrilling tale of mystery and suspense with a little bit of single white female thrown in for good measure. Adrienne Celt expertly weaves a story that made it hard for me to put this down. She even manages to make this feel like a Russian novel. I for one loved it. Thank you to NetGalley for providing an ARC for review.

  • Anita

    I was really expecting to like this book as a fan of historical fiction. But it fell flat. I’m okay with suspending some belief to accommodate fiction but here are the things I couldn’t get past:

    1. It doesn’t have a 1920s feel about it. I expected to be transported to that time period. But the author talks about pink back packs and teachers giving gold stars to students that doesn’t resound as a 1920s thing.

    2. The main character, as an orphan, is smuggled out of Russia to America and ends up in
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  • Candace

    2.5 *

    Like so many other reviewers, I wanted to like this novel but found that I really didn't. For me it was that it lacked a cohesive sense of time and place. It's supposed to take place in the 1920s, but the clothes, hair, technology, traditions seem to belong in the 1950s. Zoya's memories of Russia seem believable, but what was this rescue organization that brought Russian children to the US, dumped them in expensive boarding schools and never checked on them? So much of "Invitation to a Bonf
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  • Katie

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER

  • Annie

    I have a special place in my heart for characters who are lonely enough to be duped by people who pretend to love them. I always end up reading the book with my heart in my mouth, wanting to reach into the book to warn the lonely character. Reading Invitation to a Bonfire, by Adrienne Celt, was no different—at least until the end, when the tables turned more than once. The beginning of the novel led me to think that it would be the story of people teasing and tricky a girl who just can’t blend i ...more

  • Janelle

    Review to come