Kathryn Harrison, author of Enchantments, on tour March 2012

Posted By on November 7, 2011

About Enchantments

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (March 6, 2012)

From Kathryn Harrison, one of America’s most admired literary voices, comes a gorgeously written, enthralling novel set in the final days of Russia’s Romanov Empire.

St. Petersburg, 1917. After Rasputin’s body is pulled from the icy waters of the Neva River, his eighteen-year-old daughter, Masha, is sent to live at the imperial palace with Tsar Nikolay and his family—including the headstrong Prince Alyosha. Desperately hoping that Masha has inherited Rasputin’s miraculous healing powers, Tsarina Alexandra asks her to tend to Aloysha, who suffers from hemophilia, a blood disease that keeps the boy confined to his sickbed, lest a simple scrape or bump prove fatal.

Two months after Masha arrives at the palace, the tsar is forced to abdicate, and Bolsheviks place the royal family under house arrest. As Russia descends into civil war, Masha and Alyosha grieve the loss of their former lives, finding solace in each other’s company. To escape the confinement of the palace, they tell stories—some embellished and some entirely imagined—about Nikolay and Alexandra’s courtship, Rasputin’s many exploits, and the wild and wonderful country on the brink of an irrevocable transformation. In the worlds of their imagination, the weak become strong, legend becomes fact, and a future that will never come to pass feels close at hand.

Mesmerizing, haunting, and told in Kathryn Harrison’s signature crystalline prose, Enchantments is a love story about two people who come together as everything around them is falling apart.

“Ask yourself who, in all the world,  would be the best novelist to imagine being Rasputin’s daughter.  Kathryn Harrison makes the answer obvious. Her Enchantments is a stupendous work of historical imagination–PETER CAREY, author of Parrot and Olivier in America
“Kathryn Harrison may be best known for her personal honesty, her willingness to explore and illuminate her own, and, by implication, all of our most fearfully guarded secrets.  But it could well be that in the end her true genius may be in her ability locate within the crevices of history moments of poetry and passion that electrify the reader.  In Enchantments, Ms. Harrison takes us on a magic carpet ride to Russia one hundred years ago, and with perfect grace, impeccable style, and great narrative flair, she gives us a whole wounded world that is for the course of this utterly compelling novel as real as our own lives. Actually: more.”  –Scott Spencer, author of Man in the Woods and Endless Love

About Kathryn Harrison

Kathryn Harrison is the author of the memoirs The Kiss and The Mother Knot. She has also written the novels Envy, The Seal Wife, The Binding Chair, Poison, Exposure, and Thicker Than Water; a travel memoir, The Road to Santiago; a biography, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux; and a collection of essays, Seeking Rapture. She lives in New York with her husband, the novelist Colin Harrison, and their children.

Learn more about Kathryn and her work at her website, kathrynharrison.com.


Kathryn Harrison’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, March 5th:  Unabridged Chick

Tuesday, March 6th:  Chaotic Compendiums

Wednesday, March 7th:  The Literate Housewife Review

Thursday, March 8th:  Dolce Bellezza

Monday, March 12th:  Broken Teepee

Tuesday, March 13th:  Luxury Reading

Thursday, March 15th:  The Lost Entwife

Monday, March 19th:  Let Them Read Books

Tuesday, March 20th: Unabridged Chick – author interview

Friday, March 23rd:  The Muse in the Fog Book Review

Saturday, March 24th:  Stiletto Storytime

Monday, March 26th:  A Library of My Own

Wednesday, March 28th:  Col Reads

Thursday, March 29th:  Life in Review

Friday, April 6th:  Library of Clean Reads



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