Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Review: The Orphan Sky by Ella Leya

The Orphan Sky
by Ella Leya

Publisher: Sourcebooks
Pages: 368
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Set at the crossroads of Turkish, Persian and Russian cultures under the red flag of Communism in the late 1970s, The Orphan Sky reveals one woman’s struggle to reconcile her ideals with the corrupt world around her, and to decide whether to betray her country or her heart. 

Leila is a young classical pianist who dreams of winning international competitions and bringing awards to her beloved country Azerbaijan. She is also a proud daughter of the Communist Party. When she receives an assignment from her communist mentor to spy on a music shop suspected of traitorous Western influences, she does it eagerly, determined to prove her worth to the Party.

But Leila didn’t anticipate the complications of meeting Tahir, the rebellious painter who owns the music shop. His jazz recordings, abstract art, and subversive political opinions crack open the veneer of the world she's been living in. Just when she begins to fall in love with both the West and Tahir, her comrades force her to make an impossible choice.

Kritters Thoughts:  An interesting story that took me out of my normal reading comfort zone and into another country.  Leila is a talented pianist who dreams of traveling her country and neighboring countries to play and compete, but with the onset of Communism she may not be able to fulfill her dreams.

A love triangle, with political going ons made this book so interesting.  Even though the setting was completely different for me, Leila was easily to get attached to and to fall in love with how she was living in her world.  

With not knowing much about Azerbaijan and their history with Communism, I took this book as more than just literary fiction, but also historical fiction and was able to learn a little bit about somewhere I have never been.  

If 2015 is your year to read more diversely, this is perfect for that resolution.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Penguin Sourcebooks.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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