Sandra Birdsell


A novel
Milkweed Editions, 2004
(published in Canada as The Russländer)

Praise for Katya
“This historical novel juxtaposes the serenity and nurturing qualities of family, community, and nature with the violence and wanton destruction of an anarchistic peasant revolution. Though Katya is an adolescent at the time of the events, the reader moves back and forth through time and space via her eyes. In this compelling, beautifully descriptive novel, nature is a vital allegory for beauty, accomplishment, unity, and purpose; conversely, in the hands of marauding usurpers, it becomes a metaphor for mayhem, devastation, and death. Recommended for all collections.”
— Sofia A. Tangalos, The Library Journal

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