Finalist of the Pen Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Nadine Bjursten is the author of The Birdmaker of Moscow, The Point Where the Light Breaks and The Rose Never Folds its Petals.
The Birdmaker of Moscow
A woman who is trying to hold on to her job and marriage suddenly finds herself in Russia in winter with her estranged brother, sent on a literary tour of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy by a father with a purpose.
Katie, an accomplished NYC editor, begins a journey with her estranged brother that will take them from Dostoevsky’s St. Petersburg to Tolstoy’s childhood home, Yasnaya Polayana, outside Moscow. On the train, the siblings meet someone from their past, Sergei, a birdmaker, who shakes the foundation of Katie’s perfectly calibrated life. Her foundation is further shaken by the revelation that their guide is not who appears to be.
Where the Light Breaks
August Holck has never managed to find his footing among the strong women around him. Now that the refugees have arrived, he has a chance to show them who he is.
When the refugee boys arrive, the whole town is thrown into conflict. August, a quirky pastor from an old city in Sweden, takes young Malek, Sami, and Hassan into his charge, and begins a journey that will end up changing all their lives forever.
"The writing on display here is extremely impressive and professional. Character, place, setting and storyline are all navigated with dexterity, and the subject matter of refugees is topical and important."
2019 BOOKER PRIZE WINNER BERNARDINE EVARISTO
About Nadine Bjursten
Raised north of New York City in Garrison, Nadine now lives in Lund, Sweden, with her husband, two daughters and a dog. Before she discovered that she loves writing novels, she served as editor of such diverse publications as NYC-based DMNews, La Paz-based Bolivian Times,
and Washington, DC-based journal
Arms Control Today.