In this meme of 'books on my bookstore shelves' I really like to look around my store in a search for authors I've never heard of before. They don't need to be new releases or new authors - just new to me. This week I came across Gillian Slovo and her book, Ice Road.
It was shortlisted in 2004 for the Orange Prize. The blurb on the back cover reads:
Irina Davydovna is a cleaner. She has no time for politics or even, for that matter, people: 'rules and rulers may come and go, but dirt never changes.' Boris Aleksandrovich is a revolutionary. He thinks he understands power. But this is Leningrad in 1933 and Stalin is about to turn against their city.
When the life of his beloved daughter Natasha is threatened and his old friend Anton saves a skinny little orphan he finds on a Moscow train, Boris's faith in his ideals are put to the test. While Irina, watching it all, must learn the power of loyalty and of love.