The Summer Guest

The Summer Guest

A Novel

Book - 2016
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A novel inspired by historical events, in which a diary weaves together the lives of three women: a dying Ukranian doctor who befriends Anton Chekov in the 19th century, a modern-day London book editor, and the woman she hires to translate it into English. This historical narrative is framed around fragments of truth: Zinaida was real. Chekhov wrote to his friend Aleksey Suvorin about her, and her stoic acceptance of her fate. He also wrote her obituary.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd,, [2016]
Edition: First Canadian edition
ISBN: 9781443446808
Branch Call Number: FICTION AND
Characteristics: 385 pages ; 24 cm


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What if Anton Chekhov wrote a novel—and the manuscript still existed? This intriguing possibility drives The Summer Guest, a story that draws together the lives of three women, (across two centuries) through the discovery of a diary.

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Nov 13, 2016

I enjoyed this novel even though it seems to be written in the style of a Russian translation. Whether this was the intent of the author or not it gives the story an air of authenticity and by the end you might wonder whether Chehkov really did write a novel.

multcolib_susannel Sep 06, 2016

What if Anton Chehkov wrote a novel and what if the only clue to it was contained in a newly discovered diary just waiting to be translated?

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